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Ethics Committees in Pandemic

Ethics Committees in Pandemic

Emeritus Professor David Archard, QUB, and Professor Emma Cave, Durham CELLS are co-investigators of this project. Mariana Dittborn is its Research Assistant.


This British Academy funded project conducts an evaluation of the role of ethical advice and ethics committees in the pandemic. Committees operate at the national level - both as part of Government and in relevant professional organizations - and at the local level. They produce guidance supported by statements of general principles raising questions as to the origin, status, value, relevance and timeliness of guidance and its potential to conflict. The research evaluates the guidance and offers recommendations as to the best and most appropriate role of the ethics committes interpreting, supporting and implementing that guidance.

A series of 6 webinars spanned the year, culminating in a national conference on July 2021


This project is funded by the British Academy Special Research Grants: Covid-19 Scheme.

It runs from 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021

The project comprises webinars, a final conference,¬†blogs, publications and relevant documents