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Briefing Note: Nuffield Council on Bioethics: Ethical challenges in bioscience and health policy for the UK Parliament

 

This briefing document sets out four key ethical challenges in bioscience and health policy for the UK Parliament and suggests how these challenges can be addressed.

Four challenges, explored in greater detail in this document, include:

 

  1. Build and maintain trust in medical research and the life sciences

  2. Ensure research and innovation address the needs of society

  3. Promote responsible health policy and research

  4. Promote international leadership in bioethics

 

These challenges draw on current and previous projects including their work on genome editing, cosmetic procedures, non-invasive prenatal testing, biological and health data, the culture of scientific research, children and clinical research, donor conception, emerging biotechnologies, mitochondrial DNA disorders, solidarity, naturalness, organ donation, biofuels, personalised healthcare, dementia, public health and forensic bioinformation.

 

The briefing document, along with short summaries of the Council’s recent reports, policy briefing papers and responses to policy consultations are available here.