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.

SATORI CEN Workshop Agreement published

The SATORI CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA 17145) Ethics assessment of research and innovation is published. The CWA consists of two parts; Part 1, Ethics Committee contains core recommendations on ethics assessment and the role, composition and operations of ethics committees. Part 2 contains an ethical impact assessment framework, a novel approach for anticipating and ethically assessing social and environmental consequences of research and innovation that combines ethics assessment, impact assessment and technology assessment.

This European CWA is the result of extensive investigations and broad consultation and mutual learning processes with hundreds of stakeholders.

CWA 17145 part 1 Ethics committee
CWA 17145 part 2 Ethical impact assessment framework


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.

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

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

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

Recently Viewed


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