The EFGCP Science & Ethics Council is composed of leading
European and international experts representing major institutions affecting the
regulation and practices of Good Clinical Practice. It pools the efforts of the
Board including the Working Parties chairpersons and the previous Advisory
Council under one same roof. The first meeting of the Science and Ethics Council
was held on 2 February 2006, in Brussels.
Although the executive power of the EFGCP continues to
rest with the Board, the Council takes the lead in matters of Science and Ethics.
The Working Parties which would like to broaden their activities, issue more
position papers and propose topics for conference receive recommendations and
approval from the new Council.
The Science & Ethics Council contributes to the
development of the EFGCP by
increasing input into EFGCP planning and projects,
extending the EFGCP basis of expertise and competence,
increasing the awareness and recognition of the
contributions to GCP made by the EFGCP.
The Science and Ethics Council sees to optimally reflect
the various components of the clinical research community: the patient
associations, the sponsors, the CROs, the investigators and their networks, the
ethics committees and the authorities. By itself, the new Council with 2
meetings a year will provide a unique opportunity for Forum discussions.
The members of the Science & Ethics Council are regularly
invited to participate in EFGCP Events either as experts in particular subjects
or in advisory capacity for developing the events.