About the CWA
The research results from work packages 1 and 4 have been used as the basis for a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA). Existing procedures and best practices in ethics assessment were translated into a practical tool to implement ethics assessment. It is a reliable reference for any organizations and persons who would like to to set up or improve ethics assessment.
CWA 17145:2017 sets requirements and provides guidelines for ethics assessment in research and innovation (R&I).
The CWA aims to improve the quality of ethics assessment and to harmonize ethics assessment practices.
The CWA is in two parts. Both parts of the CWA are of interest to organisations or agents who are involved in performing, commissioning or funding research and innovation, and therefore have a responsibility to address ethical issues.
A CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) is a “pre-standard.” It is a document that is drafted in a multistakeholder process and is based on consensus, but the development process is quicker and less rigorous than with a full standard.
About Part 1 of the CWA
Part 1 makes recommendations for the composition, role, functioning and procedures of ethics committee. Organisations can use part 1 to strengthen and/or improve the ethics assessment of their research and innovation projects. Ethics committees include, but are not limited to, research ethics committees, institutional review boards, ethical review committees, ethics boards, and units consisting of one or more ethics officers. Part 1 of the CWA is applicable to all ethics committees, regardless of their size, scope or research and innovation area.
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