Publications

  • Guide 2: Bioethics Committees at Work: Procedures and Policies [PDF]

    This Guide, like Guide No.1, is intended to provide precisely what its title denotes: guidance. Guide No. 2 neither proffers a mere collection of internal procedures and policies nor advocates that Bioethics Committees adopt a particular set of procedures and policies to guide them when they convene. However, Guide No. 2 suggests that chairpersons and members of the four established forms of Bioethics Committees consider and evaluate certain procedures and policies to guide them in fulfilling their mandates. If requested, the Division of Ethics of Science and Technology of UNESCO can provide advice and consultation with respect to the procedures and policies that have already been successfully adopted by Bioethics Committees and that, when consistently followed over time, have served the Committees well in carrying out their general mandates and achieving their particular objectives.

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  • Guide 3: Educating Bioethics Committees [PDF]

    Article 23 of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights – Bioethics Education, Training and Information – is specifically germane to Guide No. 3. It affirms that ‘States should endeavour to foster bioethics education and training at all levels as well as to encourage information and knowledge dissemination programmes about bioethics’. This Guide, like Guides 1 and 2, is specifically intended to foster bioethics education by providing support to present and future chairpersons and members of Bioethics Committees as they initiate and continue to pursue their bioethics education. This is an open-ended process, since novel bioethical issues, dilemmas, patients’ cases and cases of scientific misconduct continue to emerge almost daily in various Member States.

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