Bioethics
Conferences and Symposia

Registration for an International Conference on « Emerging Technologies and Human Rights » (4-5 May 2015, Room 1, Palais de l’Europe, Avenue de l'Europe, Strasbourg) is now open.

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The Conference aims at identifying priority human rights challenges raised by emerging technologies and their convergence. Its conclusions will be used as a basis for a white paper to be prepared by the DH-BIO.

The Conference will promote interdisciplinary debate with lawyers and experts in Human Rights, scientists, sociologists, philosophers as well as other experts in fields concerned. All participants in the Conference will be invited to take part in the debate. The contribution of interested NGOs in the debates which will take place during the Conference would be much appreciated.

Convergence of emerging technologies, i.e. nano-, bio-, IT and cognitive technologies has opened new perspectives for progress, particularly in regards to human health. For instance, treating symptoms of Parkinson disease is possible due to deep brain stimulation; nanotechnologies combined with IT already facilitate rapid diagnostics and monitoring of patients’ health parameters. However, these technologies also open new possibilities for interventions on human beings, which may be more invasive and intrusive, and possibly affect and modify individuals.

Such developments raise questions particularly in regards to person’s autonomy, integrity and privacy.
- Are neurodevices implanted in the brain potentially challenging the free will of the person concerned?
- What could be the consequences of convergence between, for example, nanotechnologies and ICT for the protection of our personal data?
- Who will have access to the applications of these technologies?
- Will the current governance in place be challenged by the blurring of lines between the biomedical field and other fields of application for these technological developments?

These are some of the questions that the conference will discuss with a view to identify the priority human rights challenges raised by emerging technologies and their convergence.

Two studies prepared by the Rathenau Instituut (NL) and the Center for the Study of Sciences and Humanities from the Bergen University (Norway) will be used as background documents for the Conference.

The working languages of the Conference are English, French, as well as German (passive). The Conference will be live broadcasted and it will be possible to consult the video on the website of the Council of Europe following the event. The Conference will be open to the press.


A Launching Conference of the Guide on the decision-making process regarding medical treatment in end-of-life situations, organised by the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO), took place on 5 May 2014 in Strasbourg, France, under the auspices of the Austrian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

The objective of this conference was not only to present the Guide, but also to benefit from the feedback of professionals and patients on this document.
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Retransmission in English; in original language
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Guide
Guide/German version

A Symposium on Biobanks and Biomedical Collections - An ethical framework for future research, organised by the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO), was held on 19-20 June 2012 in Strasbourg, France.

The objective of this Symposium was to provide a basis for the re-examination of the Council of Europe Recommendation (2006)4 on research on biological materials of human origin.

To that end, the Symposium examined the developments in biobanking and research on biological materials of human origin, that have taken place since the adoption of the Recommendation and considered their possible evolution, in order to assess the challenges they may raise with respect to the ethical and legal principles enshrined in the Recommendation.

An International Conference on "Ethics Review of Clinical Research in Pharmaceuticals" organised by the Council of Europe and the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation took place in Moscow on 28-29 November 2011. The Guide for Research Ethics Committee members was presented on this occasion.
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The Guide for Research Ethics Committee Members
Руководство для членов Комитетов по этической экспертизе исследований

Symposium on the decision-making process regarding medical treatment in end of life situations, Strasbourg (France), 30 November-1 December 2010
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"The Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine: 10 years later" Strasbourg (France), 3 November 2009

This Conference was organised on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary in cooperation with the Slovenian authorities in the framework of the Slovenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
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Programme (with links to the speeches)

Conference on Ethics of Biomedical Research in Countries with Emerging or Developing Economy. Madrid (Spain) 27 April 2009

The CDBI delegations participated in the launching session of the Conference on Ethics of Biomedical Research in Countries with Emerging or Developing Economy organised on 27 April 2009 by the Spanish authorities.
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Seminar on Predictivity, Genetic Tests and Insurance. Strasbourg, 3-4 December 2007
Broadcast of the Seminar
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Conference on the Ethical Issues Arising from the Application of Biotechnology. Oviedo (Spain), 16-19 May 1999
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