Public Debate in BiomedicineThe characteristics of biomedical developments, and the ways in which they have an impact on people’s lives and the broader societal context, set them apart from many other kinds of technical or organisational change. They have particular implications for human rights because they often raise concerns about integrity, dignity, autonomy, privacy, justice, equity and non-discrimination among human beings.

 Public debate contributes to the responsible introduction of biomedical developments and technologies in the health sector.

 The long-term implications for individuals and for the future of society require democratically mandated decisions that are informed by shared values and demonstrate respect for human rights.