Operational Committee for the Evaluation of Legal and Ethical Risks
Claude Kirchner - © Inria / Photo N. Fagot
With the rapid development of digitisation across all sections of society, Inria has set up a new body responsible for assessing the legal or ethical issues of research on a case by case basis: the Operational Committee for the Evaluation of Legal and Ethical Risks (Coerle).
Chaired by Claude Kirchner, Coerle is a small committee comprising seven members. Their mission is to help identify risks and determine whether the supervision of a given research project is required.
Any increase in the societal impact of our research must be accompanied by ethical reflection. Inria is thus required to reflect in advance on the ethical or legal nature of a research experiment project whether in respect of European tenders, or for publication in a journal.
The Committee may propose that experimentation be:
- authorised without modification
- authorised subject to certain adjustments or
In similar fashion, the committee examines software distribution applications related to relevant research in its field of action.