Pursuant to the decision establishing the Committee, it is responsible for all issues related to ethics and compliance. The Chairman of the Board of Governors or the President refers any matters in the following areas to the Committee:
- the management of any vested interests and the prevention of conflicts of interest in accordance with the Charter for the Prevention and Management of Conflicts of Interest adopted by the Board of Governors;
- the Institut Pasteur's compliance with all laws, regulations and codes of conduct entered into, especially anti-corruption measures and whistleblower procedures.
Any other questions related to these matters may also be referred to the Committee by the Chairman of the Board of Governors or the President.
The Committee is composed of:
- Three external members specializing in ethics and compliance, one of whom is chosen to chair the Committee;
- One or two current or retired scientist(s) from the Institut Pasteur;
- A member of the Board of Governors (excluding the Chairman, Chairs of the Appointments and Remuneration Committee (CNR) and Finance and Audit Committee (CAF), and members of the Bureau).
Members are appointed for a three-year term, renewable once.
Over the course of its first term (2018-2021), during which the Committee was established, working methods were determined and the principles in the Charter were implemented, especially the procedure for the submission of Declarations of Interest, the Committee met formally on nine occasions and issued 11 opinions.
In particular, the Committee gave its opinion on the definition or implementation of various internal procedures and doctrines:
- the draft Ethics Charter produced by the Ethics Committee (the section on the notion of conflicts of interest);
- the form and tool used for the submission of Declarations of Interest;
- arrangements governing the involvement of Institut Pasteur scientists in company formation;
- the draft policy on the prevention and management of conflicts of interest in connection with research receiving US public funding;
- the draft framework for ancillary activities carried out by Institut Pasteur and OREX staff.
To continue its work for a second term, the Board of Governors has appointed the following members (2021-2024):
- Chairman (external expert): Luc Derepas, Member of the French Council of State (second term);
- Member of the Board of Governors: Susan Liautaud (second term);
- Member (external expert): Jean Debeaupuis, General Inspector for Social Affairs (second term);
- Member (external expert): Gabriel Clerc (first term);
- Retired Institut Pasteur scientist: Professor Alain Israël (first term);
- Retired Institut Pasteur scientist: Catherine Rougeot (second term).