BEPA is the European Commission responsible for bioethics and ethics of science and new technologies.
BEPA activities in the field of Ethics in Sciences and new technologies include:
- providing the secretariat of the European Group on Ethics in Sciences and New Technologies (EGE) and ensuring the dissemination of its work - the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), the advisory body established by President Barroso and the Commission to provide independent advice on ethical aspects of science and new technologies in connection with the preparation and implementation of Community legislation or policies (EC/2010/1), a task the EGE has had since 1991;
- providing the secretariat of and giving impulse to the EC international dialogue on bioethics, where the EGE, the Chairs of 15 non-EU National Ethics Councils from 5 continents, and the Chairs of the EU 27 National Ethics Councils (together with representatives of international organisations) share information, create synergies and discuss the main bioethics topics;
- providing the secretariat and chairing of the Commission Inter-service platform on Ethics and EU policies, coordinating Commission services in the field of ethics, and monitoring that ethics and respect of fundamental values are properly considered in the policy design and implementation;
- acting as EC representation in meetings on bioethics and ethics of science organised by relevant third parties (UN agencies, CoE, International Organisations, NGOs and national and international relevant Authorities in the fields of bioethics and ethics of science etc.).
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