Ethics Committee 2022-2024

The mission of the ESHRE Ethics Committee is to examine ethically relevant issues related to reproductive medicine and reproductive science with a (potential) impact on patients, professionals and society as a whole.

The ESHRE Ethics Committee adopts a deliberative approach in their discussion based on ethical principles and fundamental human rights such as equality, non-discrimination, right to private life and family building. In addition, as part of a scientific society, the ESHRE Ethics Committee also discusses topics related to freedom of research, research integrity and responsible innovation. 

The Ethics Committee is a standing committee with an advisory role. The aim of the Ethics Committee is to develop the position of ESHRE and to advise the ESHRE Executive Committee on the issues considered. Outcomes of the Ethics Committee are reports to the ESHRE Executive Committee 

Tasks
  • Give advice helping to determine the position of ESHRE (on controversial issues)
  • Give advice on legal issues (e.g. patent opposition)
  • Review of applications for the grant: aspects about ethics, not pure scientific aspects
  • Give advice on generic deontological questions dealing with
    - conflicts of interest
    - Industry related questions


Heidi Mertes
Chairman Ethics Committee

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Professor Dr Juha Tapanainen
Past Chair Ethics Committee

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Valérie Blanchet - De Mouzon
ExCo Representative

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Dr Kirsten Louise Tryde Macklon
ExCo Representative

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Ms Hilde Cotton
Coordinator SIG Nursing and Midwifery

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Ms Theofano Bounartzi
Coordinator SIG Ethics and Law

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Maciej Smiechowski
Fertility Europe Representative

Dr Giuliana Baccino

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Dr Arianna D'Angelo

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Dr Lucy Frith

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Dr Cristina Eguizabal

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Dr Andrea Romano

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