WP 8 - Ethics requirements

The Bioforever project has the obligation to comply with ethical principles, as set out for instance in the Horizon 2020 guidelines as the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. Examples within the framework of this European Code of Conduct include avoiding falsification, plagiarism and other research misled. Besides, the activities must be in compliance with international, EU and national law of the different partners. There will be also an exclusive focus on civil applications.   

The project will involve an extensive transfer of materials between the partners. For instance, the 4 different feedstocks will be investigated by 4 pretreatment technology suppliers. On top of this, the sugars as produced by those 4 technology suppliers will be delivered to the 5 value chains. A special example is the transfer of materials to the API pilot facility located in the USA. All material exchange, and especially between Europe and this USA based facility, will be covered by Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), while all other required authorizations will be provided.

The feedstock poplar is by itself part of an improvement program on genetic level by the German based company Phytowelt. It must be stressed that, according to EU directive 2001/18/EC, these poplar lines, as derived from protoplast fusion experiments at Phytowelt, are not considered as GMO.

Finally, all partners have declared that they will act in compliance with the EU regulation on Access and Benefit sharing (ABS regulation). In short, this regulation ensures the fair and equitable benefit sharing with a country when use is made of a genetic resource originating from that country. Of course, this is especially valid when this genetic resource leads to a commercial product.

All ethic requirements are included as deliverables for the project partners in this workpackage.