The Ethics and Oversight Committee has an advisory role and may be consulted by the Management Group or the Board on specific issues. Constituent bodies of the ESC and individual members may raise an issue and contact the Ethics Committee that decides itself whether to deal with that issue, refer it to other instances or discard it. It will draw up an Ethical Conduct Policy and issue general recommendations on ethical principles of professional and scientific conduct related to the research or management of cardiovascular disease.
The Committee can deal with specific issues of professional or scientific misconduct of individual members or of different bodies of the ESC if it affects the ESC as an organisation and make recommendations to the Management Group or Board.
The ESC Ethics and Oversight Committee shall conduct its activities in accordance with a Charter approved by the Board of the ESC.
The Ethics Committee consists of seven members.
- The management group shall approve the four ESC members of the Ethics and Oversight Committee. The names of the members will be presented to the general assembly for information during even years.
- The management group appoints three non-ESC members, after a proposal from the ESC members of the Ethics and Oversight Committee and consultation with the Audit Committee. Their term of office will start after the congresses in uneven years.
- All members of the Ethics and Oversight Committee shall serve for a four-year term, renewable once. In order to achieve continuity of experience in fulfilling this responsibility, the four-year mandate of the members will be organised to overlap by two-year periods.
- The members of the Ethics and Oversight Committee appoint a Chairperson among themselves.
Volunteers in officer positions of the ESC cannot be members of the Ethics and Oversight Committee.
The Ethics and Oversight Committee will report annually to the General Assembly.
Members of the Committee
Prof. Günter Breithardt, Germany
Prof. Hector Bueno, Spain
Prof. Inez de Beaufort, Netherlands
Prof. Steen Dalby Kristensen, Denmark
Mr Paul McGreavy, UK
Prof. Tone Norekval, Norway
Prof. Lars Ryden, Sweden
Mrs. Kristiane Weber-Hassemer, Germany