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Polish academy is to establish a national commission on research ethics

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 24 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d511
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

The Polish Academy of Sciences has taken steps to establish a national commission for research ethics, which will make Poland among the first countries in eastern Europe to have such a commission and one of only a handful in the European Union.

The academy received the mandate to found the ethics commission from Poland’s parliament, which last autumn adopted a package of new laws aimed at improving Polish science, said Andrzej Górski, a former president of the University of Warsaw Medical School who is now a vice president at the academy.

In addition to laws dealing with funding of research projects and of research institutes, the parliament also adopted a law updating the regulation …

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