The Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (CETS 164, Oviedo Convention) aimed at protecting the dignity and identity of all human beings and guarantee everyone, without discrimination, respect for their integrity and other rights and fundamental freedoms with regard to the application of biology and medicine.
The Oviedo Convention provides in its Article 31 that “Protocols may be concluded … with a view to developing, in specific fields, the principles contained in the Convention.”

At its 40th plenary meeting (21-23 June 2011), the Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI) agreed to include the elaboration of a new Additional Protocol concerning the protection of human rights and dignity of persons with mental disorders in the work program for 2013.

  • Why a new Additional Protocol ?
  • Objective of such a Protocol ?
  • Basis for the work
  • Involuntary placement and treatment (as defined in Rec(2004)10)
  • Who elaborates the Protocol ?
  • What is the current state of the drafting process?

Find out answers to these questions.

Public consultation on a working document

15/11/2015 Strasbourg

The Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) of the Council of Europe is currently elaborating an Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine concerning the protection of human rights and dignity of persons with mental disorders with regard to involuntary placement and...

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