UNESCO Chair in Bioethics


  • Bioethics and Law Observatory
  • UNESCO Chair in Bioethics
  • University of Barcelona
  • Faculty of Law
  • Ave. Diagonal, 684
  • 08034 Barcelona
  • (+34) 93 403 45 46
  • obd.ub@ub.edu
  • Master in Bioethics and Law
  • (+34) 93 403 45 46
  • master.bd@ub.edu


New Title “Research Ethics Committees as mechanisms of protection in biomedical research”


New Title “Research Ethics Committees as mechanisms of protection in biomedical research”

edited by Civitas in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics at the University of Barcelona under the direction of Professor Maria Casado.

Just published in the collection "bioethical issues" Research Ethics Committees as mechanisms of protection in biomedical research written by Itziar de Lecuona, PhD in Law and MA in Bioethics and Law at the University of Barcelona, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health at the  and researcher at the Bioethics and Law Observatory at the University of Barcelona.

The book enables us to understand, as a complement to the legal field, the history of ethics committees and the various initiatives, networks and guides developed on this issue by international organizations and agencies which boast a position of leadership in bioethics and focuses on developing work procedures for members of ethics committees, highlighting the international trend, now underway, which will mark the future of ethics committees and bioethics. This book analyzes Spain’s regulations regarding biomedical research ethics committees, contributing to clarifying and systemizing in a complex area for those in the legal field, researchers and members of ethics committees who must assess research projects.

Available in pdf and hard cover

For more information of the book and the collection "bioethical issues" please visit www.bioeticayderecho.ub.es/publicaciones


This announcement is transmitted through the UNESCO Global Ethics Observatory (GEObs). The GEObs is a system of databases with worldwide coverage in bioethics and other areas of applied ethics in science and technology such as environmental ethics, science ethics and technology ethics. The system currently comprises six databases on ethics experts, ethics institutions, ethics teaching programmes, ethics related legislation and guidelines, codes of conduct and resources in ethics. For more information, please visit the observatory’s website at: www.unesco.org/shs/ethics/geobs