Contribute to the future of European standard on ethics assessment

21-02-2020 For a success adoption of any innovation it is pivotal that customers and other stakeholders accept it and thus ethics are increasingly becoming a central issue. European standard CWA 17145 Ethics assessment of research and innovation was published in 2017 and is now undergoing its first systematic review. Stakeholders are invited to share their perspective before June 1 2020.

Particularly in the field of information technology, ethical discussions have received increased public attention. Organisations can manage the ethical considerations around their innovations by embedding this in their R&D processes. They can establish an ethics committee or ask innovators to conduct an ethics impact assessment before the start of a project. European standard CWA 17145 guides organizations in establishing or improving these practices.

Ethics assessment

CWA 17145 consists of two parts. The first part provides organizations a practical tool to help them establish and run an ethical assessment unit, which will in turn strengthen and improve the ethics assessment of their research and innovation practices.

The second part of the agreement provides researchers and ethics assessors a 'how to' for ethical impact assessment, a practical, policy-oriented guide aimed at maximizing the benefits and minimizing the potential harm of the research or innovation.

Provide input

Stakeholders can provide their input via an online questionnaire. The deadline is June 1 2020.


A CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) is a type of standard that is developed in a workshop setting rather than a technical committee. It takes less than a year to develop and has a maximum lifespan of 6 years. CWA 17145 was developed in the context of the EU funded SATORI project. It can be consulted at the CEN download area.

More information

For more information, please contact: Marlou Bijlsma or Thamar Zijlstra, consultants standards development, telephone (015) 2 690 154 or e-mail

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