Welcome to the new website of the Belgian Association of Research Ethics Committees!

The Belgian Association of Research Ethics Committees is an initiative of the Belgian Ethics Committees involved in the evaluation and follow up of health related research projects. Indeed, they felt the necessity to join their efforts in order to improve the protection of human subjects involved in health related research.

As a consequence, an association has been created and since June 2016 formally established with the following main objectives: to stimulate debate on relevant topics and mutual exchange of knowledge and expertise between Ethics Committees, to formulate advices and harmonise the work of the Ethics Committees, to represent the Belgian Ethics Committees, giving them a voice in various debates and platforms.

The association currently represents the vast majority of ethics committees involved in the evaluation of clinical research in Belgium. The association regularly organises various meetings for the members, creates ad hoc workgroups on core topics and is actively participating to various debates concerning ethics committees related issues, in particular with the federal health care authorities. 


Law on Clinical Trial on Medicinal products

Moniteur Belge - Belgisch Staatsblad N.39 22 May 2017- Wetsontwerp/Projet de Loi  Wet betreffende klinische proeven met geneesmiddelen voor menselijk gebruik. Loi relative aux essais cliniques de médicaments à usage humain.     If you would like to read more...

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Medical Device Directive & Clinical Investigation

"Impact of the new regulation on clinical investigation in Belgium." A presentation by Steve Eglem, FAMHP.Available on demand: info@barec.be If you would like to read more about this, please consider becoming a Barec-member and acquire access to our member area....

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Workshops about the impact of GDPR on scientific research. Participation free, but registration mandatory. More information on: https://www.ewi-vlaanderen.be/evenementen/gdpr-en-het-onderzoeksbeleid             If you would like to read...

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BAREC Meeting 30/11/2019  The next BAREC meeting will take place on Saturday 30 November 2019 AM. The meeting will mainly be dedicated to the presentation of the work of the BAREC workgroups (see section "workgroups" on this website). Accreditation for economics and...

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General Assembly: Approval of the minutes of the General Assembly of 04/05/2017 Approval of the annual accounts and budget Discharge from liability of the boardmembers Proposal of future projects: Logo & new website Symposium in September/October 2018 Secretarial...

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