CNR Research Ethics and Bioethics Committee

Cnr-Commissione per l’Etica della Ricerca e la Bioetica

The CNR Research Ethics and Bioethics Committee is chaired by the President of the CNR. The Committee is an independent body with an advisory role in matters of research ethics, bioethics and biolaw. These include ethical, deontological and juridical issues that fall within the scope of Research Integrity, as described in scientific literature and in the main international Conventions and Charters, as well as in the CNR “Guidelines for Research Integrity” approved in the plenary session of June 10, 2015 - 2019 Revision.

The main institutional objectives of the Committee are:

  1. to provide consultancy services to the CNR scientific network, consisting in the analysis of ethical and juridical issues of research projects and the compilation of the ethical assessment documents required by funding calls for proposals at a national, European and international level;
  2. to evaluate the ethical issues of research projects upon the request of researchers, and release official Ethical Clearances;
  3. to provide, upon request, ethical monitoring and/or ethical supervision of the projects (Ethics Mentoring) carried out within CNR by way of the Committee Coordinator or members of the Scientific Secretariat;
  4. to provide the President of the CNR with scientific advice on issues falling within the Committee’s competence, particularly in international affairs and relations with similar bodies;
  5. to elaborate guidance documents, ethical codes, guidelines and opinions concerning ethical issues relating to the scientific disciplinary fields of interest to the CNR;
  6. to propose, within the scope of its jurisdiction, criteria, methods and procedures for the evaluation and management of ethical concerns that emerge from the scientific and technological research activities carried out at CNR, as well as for issues pertaining to Research Integrity;
  7. to provide preventive technical advice to CNR researchers prior to the submission of scientific articles and research projects so as to avoid unintentional forms of fabrication/falsification/plagiarism of images/data/texts;
  8. to develop a prevention plan and examine cases of alleged research misconduct, as well as to provide ethics consulting for the management of cases of research misconduct;
  9. to develop educational and specialized material and carry out training courses on subjects within its field of competence, in particular on Research Integrity, and organize outreach and dissemination initiatives.

In 2019, plenary meetings were held on the following dates: 7 February, 11 April, and 13 June. Future plenary meetings are scheduled for these dates: 3 October and 5 December. In 2020, the dates for the meetings have been agreed upon: 6 February, 16 April and 18 June. Additional meetings may be called for, via videoconferencing if necessary, in accordance with the needs of the CNR and its researchers.

In its current mandate (2017-2020), the Committee members are: Massimo Inguscio (President of the CNR and the Committee), Cinzia Caporale (Institute of Biomedical Technologies, ITB-CNR and Committee Coordinator), Evandro Agazzi (University of Genoa and Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City), Lucio Annunziato (University of Naples Federico II), Francesco Donato Busnelli (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa), Elisabetta Cerbai (University of Florence), Emilia D’Antuono (University of Naples Federico II), Giuseppe De Rita (Centre for Social Investment Studies - CENSIS, Rome), Carmela Decaro (Free International University of Social Studies LUISS Guido Carli, Rome), Laura Deitinger (Assoknowledge, Confindustria Innovative and Technological Services, Rome), Ombretta Di Giovine (University of Foggia), Vincenzo Di Nuoscio (University of Molise), Daniele Fanelli (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK), Giovanni Maria Flick (President Emeritus of the Constitutional Court, Rome), Silvio Garattini (IRCCS Institute of Pharmacological Research Mario Negri, Milan), Stefania Giannini (University for Foreigners of Perugia), Louis Godart (Lincei National Academy, Rome), Giuseppe Ippolito (National Institute for Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani IRCCS, Rome), Paolo Legrenzi (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice), Vittorio Marchis (Polytechnic University of Turin), Armando Massarenti (Il Sole 24 Ore), Federica Migliardo (University of Messina and Université Paris-Sud), Roberto Mordacci (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan), Demetrio Neri (University of Messina), Francesco Maria Pizzetti (University of Turin), Maria Luisa Rastello (INRIM - National Institute of Metrological Research, Turin), Angela Santoni (Sapienza University of Rome), Carlo Secchi (Luigi Bocconi Business University, Milan), Giuseppe Testa (European Institute of Oncology - IRCCS, Milan), Lorenza Violini (University of Milan). (Past members).

The Members of the Committee operate as volunteers on an honorary basis (free of charge).

The Committee has its own internal Regulation. For the evaluation of specific issues, the Committee may consult additional experts, selected among the staff of CNR or external to it, and may establish Thematic Workgroups. Two permanent Sub-committees are active in this mandate: one dedicated to the scientific activities necessary for issuing official Ethical Clearances (Rapporteur: Demetrio Neri), and the other to Research Integrity (Rapporteurs: Elisabetta Cerbai and Daniele Fanelli). The latter Sub-committee carries out preliminary examinations of the documents relating to cases of alleged research misconduct, as well as misconduct prevention activities.

A Scientific Secretariat and a Technical Secretariat assist the Committee, under the supervision of the Committee’s Coordinator (Cinzia Caporale).

The Scientific Secretariat, headed by Elena Mancini (ITB-CNR), supports the activities of the Committee and provides ethical advice to the CNR Scientific Network, including support in the interaction with Ethics Committees for clinical trials and with Animal-Welfare Bodies (see Directive 2010/63/EU). The Secretariat also includes a unit dedicated to the prevention and verification of falsification/fabrication of images and data and plagiarism of texts (Research Integrity Unit). The Technical Secretariat, headed by Giorgia Adamo (ITB-CNR), provides technical, organizational and management support to the Committee’s activities. Tiziana Pugliatti (ITB-CNR) is responsible for the administrative activities of the Committee.

CNR Research Ethics and Bioethics Committee

Address: Via dei Taurini, 19 - 00185 Roma
Phone: +390649937900, +393664390910
Skype: cnr-ethics

For technical advice prior to the submission of scientific articles and research projects relating to the presence of unintentional forms of fabrication, falsification and plagiarism of images/data/texts, please contact: (for more information visit the webpage dedicated to research misconduct).

To report a case of alleged research misconduct contact: (For more information, visit the Research Misconduct webpage).

The contents of the Committee website are curated by Cinzia Caporale and Giorgia Adamo. Andrea Pompili is in charge of the technical aspects of the website. Emiliano Liberatori and Rosa Barotsi provide English language translations.

Last update: 28/06/2019