founded 1980


The Freiburg Ethics Commission International (FEKI)

The FEKI was founded in 1980 in Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany by a private, individual initiative and is oriented on the guidelines of the USA Review Boards.


The FEKI is the first and oldest privately organised ethics commission in Germany, and most likely in Europe as well.


The FEKI offers, in accordance with the statutes from 1980, the following services:


interdisciplinary, expert review of clinical studies conducted with and on human subjects which takes into account the ethical, legal and medical/scientific issues necessary to protect the trial subjects - independent of sponsors, trial doctors and institutions - ;



The FEKI has been comprised of medical and non-medical experts since the very beginning of its formation.


The FEKI meets every Monday with at minimum five members to orally review the submitted documents:


- Study protocol, informed consent and further required documents -.


The FEKI was the first ethics commission in Germany to make its work transparent for the public. Its statutes were made public in 1984;


The FEKI initiated and designed  VIP Check in 1986; 

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Letztes update:  19.09.2011