SATORI: harmonising ethical (impact) assessment of research and innovation

SATORI (Stakeholders Acting Together on the Ethics Impact Assessment for Research and Innovation) is a European research project with 17 partners. NEN is responsible for a facilitating the CWA (CEN Workshop Agreement) process, during which stakeholders draft a document with guidelines and requirements for ethical assessment.

Have your say on ethics assessment in Europe

De project findings have been developed in 2 documents on ethics assessment: part 1 on the ethics assessment unit and part 2 on ethical impact assessment framework. SATORI project invites you to give your feedback on the first version of the CEN Workshop Agreement.

The ‘public enquiry’ of the CWA lasts from 15 September to 14 December 2016. After registration (inlog) of your email address and organisation you can access the documents and submit your comments via:


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Several scandals on research and innovation have increased the need for ethical assessment. For the quality and public acceptance of research and innovation, it is important to improve ethical assessment. During conducting research but also when an innovation is introduced, ethical issues are relevant: how do we deal with test persons? How do we deal with privacy? What is the long term economic, social and environmental impact of an innovation? Additionally, research is increasingly conducted internationally. SATORI has as an objective to explore and harmonize existing practices of ethical assessment.

Differences and similarities

An important subtask of the project is an exploration of differences and similarities between ethical assessment in different European countries and the rest of the world. SATORI also looks into ethical assessment within different scientific disciplines and the diverse roles that ethical assessors have. This will result in defining several principles and procedures in a CWA (CEN Workshop Agreement). SATORI builds on the tradition of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

The objective of the CWA is to come to widely supported agreements on an European level for ethical assessment. There are several requirements and guidelines which will be layed down in this document. This should lead to a higher quality of ethical assessment and harmonization of practices.

This CWA will also be applicable for all scientific disciplines, from the medical sector to engineering to social sciences. It will also provide a useful tool to different types of assessors, including researchers, business companies, funders, originators.

The CWA process is linked with the committee CEN/TC 389 Innovation Management. The project plan, report of the kick-off meeting of 17 September 2015 and the registration form for participation can be found under the tab 'Documents' and on the website of CEN.

Do you wish to participate in the development of the CWA. You can express your interest to Marlou Bijlsma or Thamar Zijlstra via

More information on the SATORI project can be found on this page.

More information on the CWA process can be found on this page.

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Are you interested to participate in the development of this CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA)? Please contact Marlou Bijlsma orThamar Zijlstra via


For more information please contact Marlou Bijlsma (see photo) or Thamar Zijlstra.

+ 31 15 2 690 289


Relevante links

EU FP7 SATORI project


CEN/TC 389 Innovation Management