The dual use of research ethics committees: why professional self-governance falls short in preserving biosecurity

BMC Medical Ethics
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Debate
The dual use of research ethics committees: why professional self-governance falls short in preserving biosecurity
Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) constitutes a major challenge for research practice and oversight on the local, national and international level. The situation in Germany is shaped by two partly competing suggestions of how to regulate security-related research: The German Ethics Council, as an independent political advisory body, recommended a series of measures, including national legislation on DURC. Competing with that, the German National Academy of Sciences and the German Research Foundation, as two major professional bodies, presented a strategy which draws on the self-control of science and, inter alia, suggests expanding the scope of research ethics committees (RECs) to an evaluation of DURC.
Authors: Sabine Salloch
Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:53
Published on: 5 June 2018