Two task forces of experts have been set up with practical experience in national ethics committees. One is English-speaking and one is French-speaking with practical experience in national ethics committees. A task force of Spanish-speaking experts will be set up as soon as this is required.
During preparatory meetings in Paris in November and December 2006 the experts have developed a common methodology and a plan of action.
The project will follow three phases:
- provide practical recommendations in order to establish national bioethics committees;
- support national bioethics committees, once established, in developing appropriate working methods and operational procedures; and
- improve the functioning of bioethics committees, once operational, through evaluation, training and networking.