The development and application of biological and medical research is increasingly international in its reach and its practice.

Members of the Council participate in a wide range of international meetings and activities. The Council has close links with other ethics bodies abroad, especially those in the European Union.

The Council takes a proactive approach to increasing our international profile. For example, we will target media to reach international audiences beyond academia.

We consider the international dimension of our work across all our activities from horizon-scanning to influencing.

We monitor developments relevant to the Council’s work worldwide to ensure that we are in a position to respond in both a national and international context.

We participate fully and actively in networks of national bioethics advisory bodies as well as scientific academic groups so that we are well placed to recognise relevant new developments, and to engage with experts and policy-makers worldwide.

Meetings with National Bioethics Commissions

The Council regularly meets the French and German National Bioethics Commissions to discuss bioethics topics of mutual interest and share best practice.

International meetings of national bioethics advisory bodies

Council representatives work closely with a number of international organisations involved in bioethics, such as the:

We also regularly take part in the biennial Global Summit of National Bioethics Advisory Bodies and the European Commission’s annual Forum of National Ethics Councils (NEC Forum).