In accordance with current legislation, the objectives of the Politecnico di Milano's Ethical Committee are to safeguard:
- rights, dignity, integrity and well-being of the human beings involved in research
- respect for every other living organism
- respect for the environment in every dimension and component
- freedom and promotion of science
The Committee's task is to provide opinions, assessments and checks to those undertaking scientific research, to the structures directly affected and to the Politecnico di Milano's management bodies to ensure that research takes place in accordance with the ethical principles defined by international and Italian legislation and by the University's Ethics Code, especially research themes relating to:
- human beings (data or personal marks detection, devices for surgical operations, tests and validation of new measurement and/or action devices, interviews, observations, biological sample collection, physiological measurement parameters, information gathered and used for various purposes)
- use, production and collection of human tissues and cells
- collection of personal data: research relating to the processing of information relating to physical identified or identifiable individuals
- third countries
- potential for dual use of technologies: research, technologies and information which may have military, terrorist, etc. uses, ends or exploitation
- technologies and information which could be used for unethical purposes
Functioning of the Ethical Committee
The composition methods of the Committee, those relating to the validity of the sessions and deliberations, are set out in the Regulations of the Ethical Committee. CVs of the members of the Ethical Committee are made public in this session together with the deliberations which lead to the appointment of the President and of its components for the 2016-2018 three year period.
Area of responsibility of the Ethical Committee
The responsibilities of the Ethical Committee shall not include the functions reserved by law to the ethical committees of other bodies, particularly hospital ones.