The International Bioethics Committee (IBC) is a body of 36 independent experts that follows progress in the life sciences and its applications in order to ensure respect for human dignity and freedom. It was created in 1993 and provides the only global forum for reflection in bioethics.
- To promote reflection on the ethical and legal issues raised by research in the life sciences and their applications.
- To encourage the exchange of ideas and information.
- To encourage action to heighten awareness among the general public, specialized groups and public and private decision-makers involved in bioethics.
- To co-operate with the international governmental and non-governmental organizations concerned by the issues raised in the field of bioethics as well as with the national and regional bioethics committees and similar bodies.
- To contribute to the dissemination of the principles set out in the UNESCO Declarations in the field of bioethics, and to the further examination of issues raised by their applications and by the evolution of the technologies in question.