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Ethics, transparency and management of conflicts of interest

Article HAS - Mis en ligne le 14 août 2019

HAS status as an independent public authority calls for a particularly high standard of independence and impartiality from all those involved in its work. This independence from both executive authorities and economic and social stakeholders means that ethical obligations, in particular prevention of conflicts of interest, must be respected.

Public declarations of interests

Members of the HAS Board and committees, management and staff, working groups and councils must complete a public declaration of interests upon taking office. Officials who participate in assessment activities and the development of HAS recommendations, standards and opinions must also complete a public declaration of interests.

These declarations of interests are rigorously analysed by HAS to ensure that individuals who participate in its work do not have any personal connections likely to compromise their independence.

Declarations of interests are published on the HAS website.

Ethics and Independent Expertise Committee

Composed of individuals from outside the institution, the Ethics and Independent Expertise Committee ensures continuous improvement of HAS procedures for the prevention of conflicts of interest. The Committee not only helps to ensure that the established rules are fully and consistently implemented; it also provides support in the case of complex decision-making.

Reference documents

A guide for declaration of interests and management of conflicts of interest (in French only) defines the procedures in place at the HAS to guarantee their transparency and rigorous management.

An ethics charter (in French only) specifies the ethical obligations that apply to all individuals who lend their support to HAS, regardless of their status, position and mission.