The Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine is the first international legally binding instrument in the field of bioethics. It provides a framework for the protection of human rights and human dignity by establishing fundamental principles applicable to health care, medical research, transplantation and genomics.
These principles are intended to be developed in greater detail in additional protocols on specific biomedical topics. As of today, four additional protocols have been adopted, respectively on the Prohibition of Cloning Human Beings, on Transplantation of Organs and Tissues of Human Origin, on Biomedical Research and on Genetic Testing for Health Purposes. Apart from these binding instruments, the Committee on Bioethics has also adopted a number of Recommendations and issued several reports and white papers.
Council of Europe Recommendations
- CM/Rec(2023)1 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on equitable access to medicinal products and medical equipment in a situation of shortage
- CM/Rec(2020)4 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the quality and safety of organs for transplantation
- CM/Rec(2020)5 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the quality and safety of tissues and cells for human application
- CM/Rec(2020)6 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on establishing harmonised measures for the protection of haematopoietic progenitor cell donors
- Rec(2016)8 on the processing of personal health-related data for insurance purposes, including data resulting from genetic tests and its Explanatory Memorandum (Available in Armenian)
- Rec(2016)6 on Research on Biological Materials of Human Origin (Available in Armenian)
- Rec(2004)10 concerning the Protection of the Human Rights and Dignity of Persons with Mental Disorder
- Rec(2003)10 on Xenotransplantation and its Explanatory Memorandum