The Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI) held its 22nd meeting in Strasbourg from 3 to 6 June 2002.
It examined the chart of signatures and ratifications of the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, the Protocol on the Prohibition of Cloning Human Beings and the Protocol concerning Transplantation of Organs and Tissues of Human Origin. The delegations reported in turn on developments in the field of bioethics in member states, other countries and international organisations.
The committee examined:
- the draft Protocol on Biomedical Research with a view to finalising it at its next meeting, in December 2002 1 ;
- the draft instrument on the use of archived human biological materials and related personal data in biomedical research 2 and the explanatory report to it, and agreed to publish them in September 2002;
- the draft Recommendation on Xenotransplantation 3 , which it finished examining, and agreed to forward it to the European Health Committee (CDSP) for comment. In fact, the CDSP made very few changes to the text which do not alter its substance. The draft Recommendation as amended will be dealt with as a separate item on the Agenda of the Ministers’ Deputies;
- the work on the protection of the embryo and foetus;
- the progress of work on the draft Protocol on Human Genetics 4 ;
- the progress of the Working Party on Psychiatry and Human Rights (CDBI-PH).
The other items dealt with by the CDBI at its 22nd meeting are mentioned in the abridged report (CM(2002)116), of which the Ministers' Deputies are invited to take note in its entirety.