The Research Ethics Committee (REC) of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) is a body established by the ISS Statute with the mission to guide and evaluate research and experimentation from an ethical point of view, in compliance with current legislation.

The ISS REC has the role to evaluate, approve and monitor research and clinical trial protocols according to the principles recognized by the main research ethics declarations at International level, and in accordance with current legislation.

The ISS REC provides as well advice and opinions on the ethical aspects of research ISS activities, in relation to its functions and tasks defined by the ISS Regulation.

Particularly important activities, with need of evaluation for ethical aspects, are for example: epidemiological, evaluative and medical social projects requiring the collection of personal data and projects with environmental ethics implications. Evaluation concerns also relevant institutional initiatives.

The ISS REC has a training function in relation to bioethics issues and research methodology, as well as promotion of information and awareness-raising initiatives on ethical issues inside and outside the institution, through meetings, seminars, groups of study.

The ISS REC has an advisory function for the Institute in relation to ethical issues connected with scientific, assistance, didactic and administrative activities, in order to protect and promote the values of the human person.

The current ISS REC, in office since 3 October 2017, is chaired by Dr. Carlo Petrini, Director of the ISS Bioethics Unit.

The ISS REC is composed of twenty members, eleven of them external to the ISS, and has a scientific and an administrative Secretariat.

All ISS structures and, in particular circumstances, external structures can contact the Committee.

The Bioethics Unit deals with bioethical issues in research and institutional activities within the Institute and in connection with external institutions and provides support to the work of the ISS REC.

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