Governance of technologies

Examining Article 13 of the Oviedo Convention in the light of developments in gene editing technologies

In its statement of December 2015 on gene editing technologies, the Committee on Bioethics made a commitment to examining the ethical and legal challenges raised by genome editing technologies in the light of the principles laid down in the Oviedo Convention. To this end, this action necessitates an examination of the practical and legal implications of Article 13 of the Oviedo Convention as it relates to the use of gene editing technologies in the context of research, and of clinical applications of gene editing in somatic cells and the germline. The examination may indicate a need to clarify or amend Article 13.

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To provide clarifications on the terms “preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic” and to avoid misinterpretation of the applicability of this provision to “research”.”

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