Joint Consultative Ethics Committee of INRA-Cirad (2007-2015). © INRA

Joint Consultative Ethics Committee of INRA-Cirad (2007-2015)

By Nicole Ladet, translated by Inge Laino
Updated on 07/03/2017
Published on 02/07/2008

On 31 October 2007, CIRAD and INRA created a Joint Consultative Committee for ethics in agricultural research. An integral part of the presidency of both institutions, the committee’s role is to provide a forum for debate, council, awareness-building and, if need be, alerts. It examines ethical issues that may arise from research and the research process, both in France and abroad, in agriculture, food, environment and sustainable development. It pays special attention to those questions regarding the interplay between science and society.

The committee examines, where necessary, the tasks and specific activities of CIRAD and INRA, especially when it comes to research related to developing countries. It may also advise management of both establishments in implementing the necessary internal procedures for applying recommendations from other external committees established at national, European or international level, or adhering to regulations in force regarding certain research projects in France and abroad.

This joint committee is in line with the development of closer ties between of INRA and CIRAD - today defined within the framework of Agreenium - with the goal of sharing a common vision of global and national scientific challenges in agriculture and management of living resources.

For INRA, the committee is the next logical step after Comepra (Ethics and precautionary committee for applied agricultural research), a joint committee between INRA and IFREMER from 1998 to 2007. For CIRAD, this new Ethics Committee follows on from the one created in 2001, which reached its term in 2005.

> Download the decision establishing the Ethics committee, PDF (French only) Ethics committee - establishing decision

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