Committee on Bioethics

One of the objectives of the Council of Europe is to protect the individual’s dignity and fundamental rights with regard to the applications of biology and medicine. To that end, the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO), formerly Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI), was set up to address ethical and legal challenges raised by developments in the biomedical field. Following the adoption of the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Oviedo Convention), the Committee on Bioethics is assigned the task to conduct regular re-examinations foreseen in the Convention and its Additional Protocols and to develop further its principles, as appropriate. In addition, under the supervision of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), the Committee on Bioethics is conducting intergovernmental work on the protection of human rights in the field of biomedicine assigned to it by the Committee of Ministers.

The Committee on Bioethics is an intergovernmental body which meets twice a year, consisting of delegations of the 47 Member States with expertise in the various aspects of bioethics.

The Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine is the first international legally binding instrument in the field of bioethics. It provides a framework for the protection of human rights and human dignity by establishing fundamental principles applicable to health care, medical research, transplantation and genomics.

(Source: Council of Europe)

From Law to Practice

This report, commissioned by the Council of Europe’s Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO),has a two-fold aim; first, to assess whether and to what extent the existing body of international and European law provides adequate protection to the rights of children in relation to biomedicine and, second, to recommend actions (‘roadmap’) the Council of Europe could undertake to strengthen the rights of children in that regard.

2020-08-12T13:40:02+00:00June 30th, 2017|Categories: COE, DH-BIO|Tags: , , , , |

The Rights of Children in Biomedicine

The Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe commissioned this study to identify potential areas of heightened concern for the rights of children that may be unfavorably affected by scientific advances and uncertainties in biomedicine. This report is the result of that study.

2020-08-04T13:09:28+00:00January 11th, 2017|Categories: COE, DH-BIO|Tags: , , , , , |
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