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Ethics Check

The Ethics Check is a service offered during the application phase for EU-funded research projects. We provide assistance with the compulsory ethics self-assessment component of your proposal prior to submission to support you with addressing ethical, legal and societal issues that may arise within the research project in accordance with regulatory frameworks and ethical standards.

Get in Touch

If you would like to receive support with the ethics component of your proposal, please email with the subject matter “Ethics Check”. Please ensure that you send us the following documentation:

  • the full proposal;
  • the completed Ethics Issue Table in Part A of your proposal; and
  • your completed Ethics Section in Part B of your proposal.

Without the above documentation, we will be unable to process your Ethics Check request.

The earlier you get in touch with us, the better we can adequately provide input on your ethics self-assessment. We, therefore, ask you to send the required documentation at least 3 weeks prior to the submission deadline. In the event that you get in touch with us later than this, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to offer the Ethics Check.


How does it work?

Through the Ethics Check, we provide initial input* on your completed Ethics Section with the aim of preparing your for the required ethics appraisal procedure during the evaluation process.

Upon emailing us at, you will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt. Your enquiry will then be assessed and reviewed by our team. We may need to contact you in order to obtain further information.

*Please note we provide complementary support amounting to 1 hour. Should you require more extensive input from us, then please let us know.


Who is it for?

The Ethics Check is available to research projects or programs that:

  • have a transnational feature involving participants and/or resources that are located in at least one Member or Observer Country of BBMRI-ERIC; AND
  • include European or international samples and data flows; AND
  • consist of a non-interventional or observational research involving the re-use of existing human samples, bio-fluids or micro-organisms maintained in biobanks.


What we recommend

Before completing the Ethics Table and Ethics Section in your proposal, we recommend you read the European Commission guidance document: How to complete your Ethics Self-Assessment. This document provides a comprehensive overview.


What we can’t do

The Ethics Check is an initial support service for the ethics self-assessment component in EU funded research proposals. Please note that we do not complete the Ethics Issue Table or draft the Ethics Section on your behalf.

The website was co-funded within ADOPT BBMRI-ERIC, a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 676550.
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