Kritikos, M. (2019). Research Ethics Governance. In R. Iphofen (Ed.), Handbook of Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-76040-7_1-1
The chapter analyzes the gradual emergence of ethics and integrity as a new
object of regulatory attention at the European Union (EU) level, especially in
relation to research activities funded by the EU. The chapter first examines the
reasons behind the gradual development of an institutional and legal governance
framework on research ethics at the EC level. It is argued that those research
ethics committees created for the purposes of EU-wide ethical evaluations constitute a sui generis institutional structure that highlights both the opportunities
and the limitations that this supranational rule-making platform offers. Their
operation seems to constitute a delicate political exercise that is based on a
vaguely defined subsidiarity test.
Furthermore, the chapter seeks to answer whether the process for the establishment of an EU-wide institutional framework for the ethical review of research
proposals indicates a tendency for the establishment of centralized community
ethical standards or instead reflects the need for a multilevel regulatory control of
ethical standards and principles beyond the national level. The chapter further analyzes the various legal and sociopolitical features of “ethics” in the EU’s research
initiatives and policies and identifies the inherent limitations of the gradual “Europeanization” of the process for the ethical scrutiny of EC-funded research proposals.
In dem vom BMBF geförderten Projekt FeKoM werden Empfehlungen für forschungsethisches Handeln in der Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft systematisch erarbeitet, empirisch fundiert und der Scientific Community zur Verfügung gestellt.