sharing science & ethics for health

The European Fellowship in Research Ethics

from capacity-building to capacity-sharing

2nd Edition

From 10 June to 5 July 2019

Leuven, Belgium

The European Fellowship in Research Ethics is designed to train members and administrators of ethics committees from countries coming from outside Europe as well as those within Europe. The programme has been designed by the Good Clinical Practice Alliance – Europe (GCPA) and the Strategic Initiative for Developing Capacity in Ethical Review (SIDCER) in discussion with interested institutions in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

From June 10th to July 5th, 2019, the European Fellowship in Research Ethics will expose members of ethics committees, ethics committee administrators, and researchers in the health sciences to research ethics practices, ethical review procedures, and regulatory science in Europe. This is a pilot project aimed at developing a ‘European Ethics Committee and Regulatory Fellowship Programme for Clinical Trials’ (EECRF).

The Fellowship Programme is based in the historic university town of Leuven and takes the Fellows on a journey through research ethics, ethical review, and regulatory science in Belgium, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The Fellows have the opportunity to visit leading research and regulatory institutions, and thus learn first-hand European practices alongside European ethics and research guidelines & regulations.

The programme provides a comprehensive and in-depth examination of European research ethics, ethical review practices, and regulatory science at the European Union level and at the Member State level. The programme also allows for the fellows to share their experiences with the institutions they visit as well as among themselves.

Fellowship Goals

The Fellowship Programme is based in the historic university town of Leuven and takes the Fellows on a journey through research ethics, ethical review, and regulatory science in Belgium, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The Fellows have the opportunity to visit leading research and regulatory institutions, and thus learn first-hand European practices alongside European ethics and research guidelines & regulations.

The programme provides a comprehensive and in-depth examination of European research ethics, ethical review practices, and regulatory science at the European Union level and at the Member State level. The programme also allows for the fellows to share their experiences with the institutions they visit as well as among themselves.

Participant Profiles

The total number of trainees is at least 8 but no more than 20. The participants that will most benefit from the Fellowship Training are

  • members of Ethics Committees / Institutional Review Boards (ECs/IRBs), including members of national research ethics committees, who wish to augment their expertise while also improving the quality and capacity of their home EC/IRB;
  • administrators of ECs/IRBs who want to improve the workflow and functioning of their home EC/IRB;
  • members of scientific review boards for research proposals;
  • research administrators who want to improve the quality of the research in their institutions and create links with European institutions; and
  • professionals with a need to improve their understanding of research ethics and regulatory affairs in Europe.

About the EFRE

This European Fellowship in Research Ethics (EFRE) is designed to train members and administrators of ethics committees, researchers, scientists, ethicists, and regulatory experts from countries outside Europe as well as those within Europe.

The EFRE Mission

The primary mission is to share knowledge and experience while building friendships in an envrionment The primary objective of the programme that provides a comprehensive and in-depth examination of European research ethics, ethical review practices, and regulatory science at the European Union level and at the Member States level. 

Education at the Forefront

  • A high state-of-the-art curriculum with some of Europe's finest teaching faculty in a unique learning, cultural, and knowledge environment.
  • Engagement with leading institutions and leaders in research ethics, law, patients, science, and academia.
  • A truly international programme with fellows from around the world who are leaders in their own countries and institutions.
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