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INRA signs the National Charter for Ethics in Research Activities

Compiled at the initiative of INRA, with CNRS, INSERM and the Conference of University Presidents (CPU), the National Charter for Ethics in Research Activities was signed by seven research institutions during a seminar held on 29 January 2015 on the Jussieu university campus. Olivier Le Gall, Deputy Director General for Scientific Affairs, represented INRA.

Signing of the National Charter for Ethics in Research Activities - 29 January 2015. © INRA
By François Houllier, President of INRA
Updated on 02/10/2016
Published on 02/05/2015

The aim of a National Ethics Charter is to explain the criteria for a rigorous and honest scientific approach that is notably applicable in the context of Joint Research Units and national and international partnerships where people from different institutions are working together.  It is nevertheless the responsibility of each institution to implement this charter and adapt it in line with its disciplinary areas and activities.

In 2013, INRA had already adopted its own Professional Ethics Charter, following a recommendation from the INRA-CIRAD Joint Consultative Committee for Ethics in Agricultural Research. In 2014, INRA also appointed a Professional Ethics Delegation and Ethics Watch Committee.  By signing the National Ethics Charter, INRA is adhering to the common values and principles it shares with its academic partners and which are specified in INRA's Ethics Charter.

This seminar on scientific integrity and the duties and commitments of establishments constituted an important advance for French public research. This sharing of values and principles by different institutions must now be disseminated throughout all research centres so that they can be appropriated by all research and research support staff.

More generally, INRA aims to continue promoting the organisation of forums for debates that focus not only on scientific practices and ethical principles but also on the ethical questions that are specific to a targeted research institution working to serve productive, useful, shared and responsible science.

the national charter for ethics in research activities