The mission of the Task Force Research Ethics Committees (TF REC) is to map the procedures of national and regional RECs in order to identify the requirements and challenges for the use and exchange of biological samples and associated data in collaborative and transnational research projects. Promoting an open dialogue and a constructive interaction with European RECs, our aspiration is to foster a framework of mutual RECgnition.
The TF uses reliable research to develop practical knowledge for mutual RECognition in
Thus, sharing information on the REC’s requirements in different EU countries as well as understanding the common needs and challenges, the national level REC workflows, needs and requirements, are critical elements for a harmonized and collaborative environment. Consequently, the task force’s first step includes an extensive European REC mapping exercise of the practices and legal landscapes for ethical approval. A pilot survey targeted six EEA countries (Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Norway). The second round is currently ongoing, involving all Member States of BBMRI-ERIC. This mapping aims to gather objective data on national requirements highlighting the following critical issues:
Preparatory activities included the preparation of a glossary for the pilot survey.
Members of the TF REC
The TF consists of experts from BBMRI National Nodes with a specific competence in the regulatory and ethics fields and proven experience with RECs. If you want to participate, contact us!
Dr Sara Casati – firstname.lastname@example.org