2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Oviedo Convention).

On this occasion an international conference will be held on 24-25 October 2017, in Strasbourg, under the auspices of the Czech Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers

The objective of this conference will be namely to analyse the relevance of this international reference instrument in the light of the developments in the biomedical field and the perspectives with a view to define the elements of a “strategic action plan” for the work of the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) for the 2018 – 2019 biennium and possibly beyond. To that end, the evolution of practices and the scientific and technical developments in the biomedical field will be examined, as well as the Convention principles at stake and possible challenges raised with a view to identify possible areas for action.

The conference will benefit from the outcome of the following activities: