Oviedo Convention
Human Embryo and Foetus
Organ and Tissue Transplantation
Biomedical Research
Human Genetics
End of Life
Psychiatry and Human Rights
Emerging technologies

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8th Conference "Meeting the challenges of changing societies"

8th Conference "Meeting the challenges of changing societies", Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2005

This 8th meeting of COMETH followed on the achievements of the previous meetings held in Madrid, Stockholm, Paris, Oporto, Strasbourg, and Cyprus. Mr. Neven Ljubičič, Minister of Health and Social Welfare of the Republic of Croatia, greeted the participants and opened the COMETH proceedings. The Chairs of numerous national ethics committees, as well as the Chair of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, participated in this Conference.

Preimplantation diagnosis for HLA compatibility and ethical implications for an ageing society as well as the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine was at the center of the first day of the Conference. The second day focused on national ethics committees, their functioning and presentations of recent national ethics committee opinions on surrogacy, prenatal screening for cystic fibrosis, assisted reproduction, disputed memories and a survey on informed consent in genetic research.

Intergovernmental activities in bioethics worldwide and the 2004 Global Summit of National Ethics Committees were also addressed.



Conference Declaration


Proceedings of the Conference

Abstracts or texts of the presentations made by the rapporteurs

Questionnaire on the functioning of National Ethics Committees

Interview with Neven Ljubičič, Minister of Health and Social Affairs of Croatia

Interview with Daniel Tarschys, Chairman of the Swedish Council on Medical Ethics and former Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Interview with Göran Hermerén, Professor of Bioethics at Lund University (Sweden) and President of the European Commission’s European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE)

Documents in progress. Reserved for intergovernmental delegations.

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