Bioethics

Recommendations. Resolutions. Reports. Questionnaires

Compendium of texts of the Council of Europe on bioethical matters

Volume I
contains resolutions and recommendations of the Committee of Ministers, and the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine and its additional Protocols.
Volume II
contains recommendations, resolutions and opinions of the Parliamentary Assembly, resolutions from ministerial conferences, and principles set out in the report of the Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Progress in the Biomedical Sciences (CAHBI).

Recommendations by the Committee of Ministers concerning bioethics

Recommendation Rec(2010)6
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on good governance in health systems

Recommendation Rec(2009)11
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on principles concerning continuing powers of attorney and advance directives for incapacity

Recommendation Rec(2006)4
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on research on biological materials of human origin

Recommendation Rec(2004)10
of the Committee of Ministers to member states concerning the protection of the human rights and dignity of persons with mental disorder
Recommendation Rec(2004)8
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on autologous cord blood banks
Recommendation Rec(2004)7
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on organ trafficking
Recommendation Rec(2003)24
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the organisation of palliative care
Recommendation Rec(2003)12
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on organ donor registers
Recommendation Rec(2003)10
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on xenotransplantation
Recommendation Rec(2002)9
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the protection of personal data collected and processed for insurance purposes
Recommendation Rec(2001)5
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the management of organ transplant waiting lists and waiting times
Recommendation R (99) 4
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on principles concerning the legal protection of incapable adults
Recommendation R (99) 3
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the harmonisation of medico-legal autopsy rules
Recommendation R (98) 7
of the Committee of Ministers to member states concerning the ethical and organisational aspects of health care in prison
Final declaration and action plan
of the Second Summit of Heads of State and Government (Strasbourg, 10-11 October 1997)
Recommendation R (97) 15
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on xenotransplantation
Recommendation R (97) 5
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the protection of medical data
Recommendation R (94) 11
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on screening as a tool of preventive medicine
Recommendation R (94) 1
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on human tissue banks
Recommendation R (93) 4
of the Committee of Ministers to member states concerning clinical trials involving the use of components and fractionated products derived from human blood or plasma
Recommendation R (92) 3
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on genetic testing and screening for health care purposes
Recommendation R (92) 1
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the use of analysis of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) within the framework of the criminal justice system
Recommendation R (90) 13
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on prenatal genetic screening, prenatal genetic diagnosis and associated genetic counselling
Recommendation R (90) 3
of the Committee of Ministers to member states concerning medical research on human beings
Recommendation R (89) 2
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the protection of personal data used for employment purposes
Recommendation R (84) 16
of the Committee of Ministers to member states concerning notification of work involving recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
Recommendation R (83) 2
of the Committee of Ministers to member states concerning the legal protection of persons suffering from mental disorder placed as involuntary patients
Recommendation R (81) 1
of the Committee of Ministers to member states on regulations for automated medical data banks
Recommendation R (79) 5
of the Committee of Ministers to member states concerning international exchange and transportation of human substances
Resolution (78) 29
on harmonisation of legislation of member states relating to removal, grafting and transplantation of human substances

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Recommendations, opinions and resolutions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe concerning bioethics

Recommendation 1726 (2005)
on serious human rights violations in Libya - inhuman treatment of Bulgarian medial staff

Opinion no. 252 (2004)1
on the draft additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine on Biomedical Research

Resolution 1352 (2003)
on human stem cell research

Recommendation 1611 (2003)
on trafficking in organs in Europe

Recommendation 1512 (2001)
on the protection of the human genome by the Council of Europe
Recommendation 1468 (2000)
on biotechnologies
Recommendation 1425 (1999)
on biotechnology and intellectual property
Recommendation 1418 (1999)
on the protection of the human rights and dignity of the terminally ill and the dying
Recommendation 1399 (1999)
on xenotransplantation
Opinion No. 202 (1997)
on the draft Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine on the Prohibition of Cloning Human Beings
Opinion No. 198 (1996)
on the draft Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with Regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine: Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine
Recommendation 1240 (1994)
on the protection and patentability of material of human origin
Recommendation 1235 (1994)
on psychiatry and human rights
Recommendation 1213 (1993)
on developments in biotechnology and the consequences for agriculture
Recommendation 1160 (1991)
on the preparation of a convention on bioethics
Recommendation 1159 (1991)
on the harmonisation of autopsy rules
Recommendation 1100 (1989)
on the use of human embryos and foetuses in scientific research
Recommendation 1046 (1986)
on the use of human embryos and foetuses for diagnostic, therapeutic, scientific, industrial and commercial purposes
Recommendation 934 (1982)
on genetic engineering
Recommendation 818 (1977)
on the situation on the mentally ill
Recommendation 779 (1976)
on the rights of the sick and dying
Resolution 613 (1976)
on the rights of the sick and dying

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Reports / Questionnaires

CDBI/INF (2005)7 REV2
Replies by the member states to the questionnaire on access to medically assisted procreation (MAP) and on right to know about their origin for children born after MAP
CDBI/INF (2003)11 rev
Replies to the questionnaire for member states on organ trafficking
CDBI-CO-GT3 (2003)13
The protection of the human embryo in vitro - Report by the Working Party on the Protection of the Human Embryo and Fetus
CDBI/CDSP-XENO (2003)1
State of the art report in the field of xenotransplantation
CDBI/INF (2003)8 / CDBI/INF (2003)8
Replies to the questionnaire for member states relating to euthanasia
COMETH (98)13
Comparative study on the functioning of national ethics committees in 18 member States
DIR/JUR (97)13 Bis
Report on genetics for the explanatory meeting of the Working Party on Human Genetics
CDBI/INF (98)8
Medically assisted procreation and the protection of the human embryo: Comparative study on the situation in 39 States, and Cloning: Comparative study on the situation in 44 States
CDBI/INF (98)7
Digest of selected medical law and bioethics cases
Report on human artificial procreation
Principles set out in the report of the Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Progress in the Biomedical Sciences (CAHBI, 1989)

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