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Welcome to the Ethics Commission at MED!

Advancements and milestones at the Faculty of Medicine do not halt at the ethics committee!

The state of Upper Austria's Ethics Committee assumes the new JKU Ethics Committee (JKU-EC) in its function as the lead ethics committee, evaluating clinical research projects/studies conducted at the JKU Linz Faculty of Medicine, the Kepler University Hospital, Upper Austrian hospitals, and in the private practice sector.

As a certified ethics committee, the JKU-EC evaluates applications in support of multicenter clinical trials in accordance with § 30 of the Austrian Universities Act and § 41b para. 1 AMG. In addition, the Ethics Committee evaluates the implementation of nursing research projects, the application of new nursing and treatment concepts, and new nursing and treatment methods. The EC evaluates submitted projects/studies, particularly in lieu of compliance with the principles as outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki, the EC-GCP, the ICH-GCP, and in compliance with the legal foundations with regard to their ethical safety.

As part of the EC's ethical and legal assessment and review responsibilities, the JKU-EC primarily examines patient's information and consent, the scientific nature of  planning and execution the study, the risk-benefit ratio for the patient, the discontinuation criteria, patient information, and the insurance coverage. The commission assesses whether or not the research project/study complies with the required standards and whether or not it is ethically justified.


Faculty of Medicine


Johannes Kepler University Linz
MED Ethics Commission
Med Campus I
ADM Bldg., 7the floor
Krankenhausstraße 5
4020 Linz


Mon - Thurs: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The JKU-EK assesses clinical drug and medical device trials as well as the application of new medical methods and applied medical research on individuals that is carried out in Upper Austria at the Faculty of Medicine (JKU Linz), the Kepler University Hospital, as well as other hospitals and facilities - or by physicians in private practice - that  are covered by the area of responsibility by the (previous) Ethics Committee (State of Upper Austria.



  •  Upper Austria Health and Hospital-AG:
    • Kepler Universitätsklinikum
    • Salzkammergut-Klinikum
    • Pyhrn-Eisenwurzen Klinikum
    • Klinikum Freistadt
    • Klinikum Rohrbach
    • Klinikum Schärding
  • Klinikum Wels-Grieskirchen
  • Ordensklinikum Linz Elisabethinen
  • Ordensklinikum Linz Barmherzige Schwestern
  • Krankenhaus der Barmherzigen Schwestern Ried
  • Aö. Kankenhaus St. Josef Braunau
  • Konventhospital Barmherzige Brüder Linz
  • Krankenhaus Sierning, Kreuzschwestern Sierning


In regard to monocentric clinical trials (in accordance with the AMG) as well as trials in accordace with MPG and other ethical evaluations, responsibility extends to:

  • TFB Kinderwunsch GmbH Wels
  • Klinik Wilhering
  • VITHERA: Vital- und Therapiezentrum Schärding
  • Sonderkrankenanstalten Rehabilitationszentren Bad Schallerbach, Bad Ischl und Weyer der Pensionsversicherungsanstalt
  • Cardiomed Ambulantes Kardiologisches Rehabilitationszentrum, Linz
  • Neurologisches Therapiezentrum Gmundnerberg
  • Sonnenpark Bad Hall, Zentrum für psychosoziale Gesundheit
  • Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz Landesverband Oberösterreich, Linz
  • assista Soziale Dienste GmbH, Altenhof a.H.
  • Magistrat der Landeshauptstadt Linz, Gesundheit und Sport, Abteilung Arbeitsmedizin
  • g.tec medical engineering GmbH, Schiedlberg
  • Institut Zeileis GmbH & Co KG, Valentin-Zeileis-Straße 33, 4713 Gallspach

An Ethics Committee (JKU-EC) was established at the Faculty of Medicine (Johannes Kepler University) in accordance with § 30 para. 1 2002 Austrian Universities Act in conjunction with § 8c KAKuG, § 18 Oö. KAG 1997 and the Guiding Ethics Committee Ordinance acting on the basis of corresponding national and international legal provisions.

The JKU-EC's activities not only extend to areas of enforcement by the federal government, but also to areas of enforcement by the state of Upper Austria.

The cover features ethicists and philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein, Immanuel Kant, and Martin Heidegger. Immanuel Kant ushered in the beginnings of modern philosophy, significantly influencing ethics with his work "Kritik der praktischen Vernunft, opens an external URL in a new window". Later, Ludwig Wittgenstein further expanded the concept of ethics: "Ethics is a very general study of what is good.".1 Martin Heidegger's unprecedented focus on ethical issues emerges as par of his ketter about "Humanism.".


1 Wittgenstein Ludwig, Vortrag über Ethik (1930), in: Joachim Schulte (Hrsg.), Vortrag über Ethik und andere kleine Schriften (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp 1991 [1989]), 10.