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Genome editing technologies: some clarifications but no revision of the Oviedo Convention

4 June 2021 Strasbourg

At its 18th plenary meeting (1-4 June 2021), the Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe adopted the following conclusions regarding genome editing technologies: “In accordance with its Statement on genome editing technologies adopted in December 2015 and its Strategic Action Plan on...

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“Vaccine pass”: a new statement of the Committee on Bioethics underlined the human rights challenges

4 May 2021 Strasbourg

At a time where vaccination campaigns are accompanied by a willingness to relax restrictions taken to protect public health against the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of a “vaccine pass” is being raised in Europe as well as in other parts of the world. In a statement on human rights...

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Vaccine passports: Council of Europe issues guidance to governments to safeguard human rights

14 April 2021 Strasbourg

In a document published today for governments across Europe, Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić highlights the relevant human rights standards for addressing the issue of “vaccine passports”. The Information Document was sent to all 47 Council of Europe member on 31 March. The document...

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Webinar: COVID-19 and public debate - Lessons learned and preparedness

2 March 2021 Strasbourg

On 2 March 2021, in the framework of the Strategic Action Plan on Human Rights and Technologies in Biomedicine (2020-2025), the Council of Europe’s Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) held a webinar on COVID-19 and public debate - Lessons learned and preparedness. Invited experts: Espen R Nakstad,...

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The Second Steering Committee meeting of the Project on ‘‘Protection of Human Rights in Biomedicine’’ was held

23 February 2021 Strasbourg

On 23 February 2021 the second Steering Committee meeting of the Council of Europe Project on "Human Rights in Biomedicine" in Armenia was held online. The meeting was opened by Maxime Longangue, Acting Head of the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan, Lena Nanushyan, First Deputy Minister of...

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COVID-19 and vaccines: Equitable access to vaccination must be ensured

22 January 2021 Strasbourg

How to ensure equitable access to vaccination during the current and future pandemics? The Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics has made today a number of recommendations. First, strategies should be put in place to avoid generating discrimination due to material aspects, such as logistical...

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HELP training-of-trainers under the Project on ‘‘Human Rights Protection in Biomedicine’’ in Armenia

18-19 January 2021

Online HELP training-of-trainers (ToT) session on Bioethics was organised 18-19 January 2021 with the participation of legal and healthcare professionals of Armenia, including the representatives from the Ministry of Health, Office of Human Rights Defender, National Assembly, as well as judges,...

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Gender Equality in Bioethics

13 November 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee on Bioethics has published a new expert report on gender equality in biomedicine. The expert report, prepared by Professor Ina Wagner[1], on “Human rights in biomedicine: Integrating a gender equality perspective”, forms part of the implementation of the...

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HELP course on bioethics in Italy: joint launch for more than 80 judges and lawyers

16 October 2020 Italy

The HELP online course Key human rights principles in biomedicine was launched on 16 October for more than 80 Italian judges and lawyers in cooperation with the National Bar Council (Consiglio Nazional Forense - CNF) and School of Magistrates (Scuola Superiore della Magistratura - SSM). During...

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New Council of Europe guide to public debate on human rights and biomedicine

28 september 2020 Stasbourg

The Council of Europe has launched a new guide to assist member states in initiating and promoting dialogue with the public on the challenges posed by biomedical developments, both for individuals and society. Aimed primarily at government officials, public authorities, national ethics committees...

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