||The INSERM Documentation Centre for Ethics (CDEI) was created in 1983, along with the foundation of the National Consultative Committee of Ethics for life sciences and health (CCNE).|
Regarding the CCNE, the Centre has the mission of facilitating researches on ethical issues and problems emerging from the developing knowledge and technologies in the fields of biology, medicine and health. The Documentation Centre for Ethics is part of the Department of Scientific Information and Communication of INSERM (National Institute for Health and Medical Research), thus assures also the documentation needed by its Ethics Committee of Health and Medical Research (ERMES).
The CDEI is open to the public and houses a library, a bibliography database and an array of documentary items.
The library's collection amounts to 5 500 volumes, including thesis and reports, hundreds of periodicals, and a great amount of journals dealing with ethics of life sciences and health, as well as with other closely related fields, such as medicine, law and philosophy. All these documents are indexed in a bibliography database, which replies to users' demands.
The bibliography database includes around 13 000 bibliographical references, including summaries, which can be accessible through the INSERM web site: http://disc.vjf.inserm.fr:2010.
A Thesaurus Ethics in the Life Sciences and Health, including more than 1000 keywords, synonyms, explicative notes and their English translation, is also available.
These are documents worked out by the Centre based on its own collection:
- a bibliographical bulletin, bimestrial, signalling the documents recently received by the library
- documentary files, containing legal and normative texts, scientific, medical and philosophical articles, and articles debating on ethical reflections, ? These are completed by an important bibliography and are regularly updated
- a weekly press review, derived from the national press, available on the CCNE server: http://www.ccne-ethique.fr
The indexed press articles and reviews can be consulted at the CDEI.