In an effort to further support the Reform Agenda of the Government of Armenia to strengthen the skills and capacities of members of the newly established first-ever Ethics Committee for healthcare professionals, the Council of Europe has organized a two-day capacity-building training on the “Key Principles for the Ethics Committee”. The event took place on 16-17 September 2023 and was intended not only for the Ethics Committee members, but also the representatives of the Ministry of Health providing administrative support to the Ethics Committee.
The capacity-building activity aimed at increasing the capacities and skills of the newly elected members of the Ethics Committee on European standards of the Ethics Committees and sharing the European best practices. Apart from increasing the capacities of members, the event also aimed at raising awareness on ethical rules for healthcare professionals, as well as the main aspects of the functioning and the Order of the Armenian Ethics Committee.
The training was opened by Mr Maxime Longangue, the Deputy Head of the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan, Ms Lena Nanushyan, the First Deputy Minister of Health of the RA and Ms Laurence Lwoff, the Head of Human Rights and Biomedicine Division of the Council of Europe. Both sides have highlighted the importance of the establishment of the Ethics Committee for healthcare professionals and successful collaboration of the Ministry of Health and the Council of Europe in this direction of the Reform Agenda of the Government of Armenia, as well as the importance of such capacity-building and awareness-raising activities to promote the European standards in the fields of ethical rules and ethics committees.
The sessions revolved around addressing the European and national standards in the fields of ethical rules and ethics committees for healthcare professionals, the best practices of Sweden, France and Malta in those areas have been presented and discussed.
This activity was organised in the framework of the project on “Protection of Human Rights in Biomedicine II” implemented by the Council of Europe within the Council of Europe Action Plan for Armenia 2023-2026.