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Deliberative ethics in a biomedical institution: an example of integration between science and ethics
  1. G Boniolo1,2,
  2. P P Di Fiore1,2,3
  1. 1Istituto FIRC di Oncologia Molecolare, Milan, Italy
  2. 2Dipartimento di Medicina, Chirurgia ed Odontoiatria, Università di Milano, Milan, Italy
  3. 3Istituto Europeo di Oncologia, Milan, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Giovanni Boniolo, Istituto FIRC di Oncologia Molecolare, Via Adamello 16, Milan 20139, Italy; giovanni.boniolo{at}


The deliberative ethics guidelines elaborated and implemented by members of the IFOM-IEO Campus (Firc Institute of Molecular Oncology (IFOM) and the European Institute of Oncology (IEO)). These should serve the dual purpose of establishing a minimal set of standard rules for bioethical debate and any ensuing decision-making process, especially for the perspective of providing real instruments to foster public engagement and public awareness on the ethical issues involved in biomedical research. It is shown that these guidelines instantiate the scheme of one of the correct ways of debating formalised by the western thought.

  • Biomedicine
  • ethical deliberation
  • guidelines
  • ethics guidelines
  • position statements (of organisations/groups)
  • policy guidelines/inst. review boards/review cttes

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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