Our in-depth inquiries are the cornerstone on which our reputation for high-quality and influential contributions has rested.

In-depth inquiries into developments arising from biological and medical research have been our core activity since we were established in 1991. We generally run two in-depth inquiries at a time.

The thorough nature of these in-depth projects means that they usually take 18-24 months. Our inquires are overseen by a multidisciplinary working group, which is chosen by the Council for each project, and are informed by extensive consultation and research. At the end of an inquiry, we will usually publish a report with conclusions and recommendations for policy and practice.

They have resulted in over 30 detailed reports or publications on a range of bioethics topics, many of which have been influential in informing policy, practice and public debate.

Current in-depth inquiries

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Current inquiry into genome editing and farmed animals

We are currently conducting an inquiry into the use of genome editing in farmed animals.

GENOME EDITING AND FARMED ANIMALS

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Current inquiry into research in global health emergencies

We are currently running an inquiry into how research may be conducted ethically in global health emergencies.

RESEARCH IN GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCIES

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