On 14 September 2023, the mid-term report of the Strategic Action Plan on Human Rights and Technologies in Biomedicine (2020-2025) of the Steering Committee for Human Rights in Biomedicine and Health (CDBIO) was presented to the Committee of Ministers, which took note of it.
This Strategic Action Plan addresses key challenges posed by technological developments and trends in biomedical practices. It is structured around four main pillars: governance of technologies, equity in health care, physical and mental integrity, and transversal cooperation and communication.
The mid-term report highlights the results achieved, including those in response to the health crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. Of particular note are the following:
- Recommendation CM/Rec(2023)1 on "Equitable access to medicines and medical equipment in situations of shortage"
- round table on human rights and neurotechnologies, organised jointly with the OECD
- pilot youth forum on AI in healthcare, organised thanks to a voluntary contribution from the Irish government
- guide to health literacy for trust building equitable access to healthcare
The activities planned under the second part of the Strategic Action Plan are all on schedule. Furthermore, at the request of the Committee of Ministers the CDBIO is developing a draft recommendation “promoting the use of voluntary measures in mental health care services”.