Consultation Workshop for the Creation of the National Bioethics Committee of Costa Rica

When, local time: 
Thursday, 23 March 2017 -
8:00am to 6:00pm
Costa Rica, San José
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Diana Cardenas,

This consultation workshop will allow to identify the needed characteristics for the foundation of a National Bioethics Committee in Costa Rica's context.

The Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights advocates the establishment of independent, multidisciplinary and pluralist ethics committees at national, regional, local or institutional levels.

Bioethics Committees reinforce the role of UNESCO as an international clearing house for ethical issues. Ethics committees will furthermore be one of the most important intermediary bodies for the implementation of the normative instruments adopted by the member states. In many countries, experiences exist with bioethics committees at various levels of government.

However, in the majority of member states, such committees do not exist at the moment. UNESCO has initiated a program to support the establishment and operations of bioethics committees (ABC project – Assisting Bioethics Committees). The primary focus is on National Bioethics Committees involved in policy-advice, public debate and education. The project ABC “Assisting Bioethics Committees” aims at reinforcing the bioethics infrastructure in Member States through the establishment of National Bioethics Committees (with a wider mandate than research ethics committees), and, once they are established, through the enhancement of the functioning of committees. It is an essential component of UNESCO’s capacity building effort in the area of ethics of science and technology.

The consultation workshop proposes an open debate on the conditions for the creation of a CNB in Costa Rica. In addition, it intends to analyze the organizational structure and the necessary logistics for the operation of the CNB in Costa Rica.