WHO Collaborating Centre for Bioethics

In April 2009, the Institute of Biomedical Ethics (IBME), University of Zurich, was designated as WHO Collaborating Centre for Bioethics. In particular, the IBME is charged with the following tasks: 

  • to assist WHO in developing materials for educational (or advocacy) purposes in biomedical and public health ethics
  • to collaborate with WHO and academic institutions, in particular in Eastern Europe, for training activities in bioethics/research ethics for both researchers and ethics review committee members. Within the context of this collaboration to create an exchange program for interns and PhD students from developing countries

  • to participate in WHO consultations and the preparation and review of relevant documents on emerging issues in bioethics

  • to contribute to networking with other collaborative centres, insitutitional partners and experts

  • to collaborate in research projects in the field of biomedical and public health ethics