New Bioethics Policy Paper—
Freely Accessible Online

April 4, 2006

Dear Colleague,

We'd like to draw your attention to a policy paper published online in PLoS Medicine, entitled "Lessons on Ethical Decision Making from the Bioscience Industry" by Jocelyn Mackie and colleagues (University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics and the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences). Please feel free to read, share, print, and use this article any way you wish, all at no charge—thanks to open access publishing.

The Study

Mackie and colleagues conducted over 100 in-depth, face-to-face interviews with top managers and executives at 13 bioscience companies to learn about industry ethics from their perspective. The resulting paper outlines a variety of mechanisms for promoting ethical behavior, including using external ethics consultants, appointing ethics advisory boards, and incorporating ethics into employee evaluations.


In a corresponding Perspective, Carlos Novas (BIOS Research Centre, London School of Economics) discusses the implications of the paper. Although the study, he says, suggests that bioscience firms are considering ethics as central to their research, marketing efforts, and reputation, an unresolved question is whether the mechanisms adopted by companies have been successful.

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