Pierre Le Coz has been elected Chairman of the Committee for Ethical Standards and Prevention of Conflicts of Interest for ANSES
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News of 14/04/2011
14 April 2011
The Committee for Ethical Standards and Prevention of Conflicts of Interest is a significant innovation in ANSES's governance structure, which is defined in the Agency's founding charter. Through this new Committee the Agency now has a solid basis with which to ensure a high degree of independence and transparency in expert assessment.
The ANSES Committee for Ethical Standards and Prevention of Conflicts of Interest convened for the first time on 7 April 2011. During this inaugural session it elected its Chairman, Pierre Le Coz, Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Life and Health Sciences. Professor Le Coz is also Vice-Chairman of the National Consultative Ethics Committee for Health and Life Sciences.
This introductory meeting was an opportunity for discussions on the structure and organisation of the Committee's work. The Committee will initially attempt to formalize operational procedures and the way in which requests should be handled. Once this preparatory work has been completed, it will begin to examine its initial dossiers.
The Committee for Ethical Standards and Prevention of Conflicts of Interest can be petitioned on ethical issues concerning any specific situation affecting scientific work. It is empowered to access all information held by ANSES that might be necessary for its investigation and can also interview third parties.
It sends its opinions and recommendations to the petitioning individual or organisation as well as to the Agency's Board of Administration and Director General.
The 6 members of the Committee were appointed by inter-ministerial Order of 9 March 2011 following the recommendations of the ANSES Board of Administration. The other members, besides Pierre Le Coz, are:
- Christian Géraut, university professor, specialised hospital physician; member of the National Academy of Medicine;
- Marie-Angèle Hermitte, Doctor of Law, research director; member of the High Commission on Biotechnologies;
- Françoise Houel, honorary civil administrator; local delegate for the French National Ombudsman;
- Patrick Legrand, research engineer at INRA; Vice-Chairman of the National Commission for Public Debate;
- Patrice Van Lerberghe, Honorary Inspector General for the administration of national education and research; author of an influential report on expert assessment.