“Bioethics is a science that should be freed from committees!”

TRIBUNI – A group of experts* laments that “at present, bioethics in France appears to be confined to institutions.”

The Bioethics Code Update has finally been completed. However, the exercise leaves us with a bitter aftertaste, as professionals in bioethics and other ethics related to health and life sciences.

In France, bioethics is embodied mainly through ethics committees and “spaces for moral reflection”. This allowed professionals, gullible members, and other user representatives to grab the thread. But the current drift is their focus on producing reports and/or opinions and, indirectly, the laws and regulations that frame healthcare practices and/or biomedical research. This institutional bioethics tends to boil down to the responses of the legislature and public agencies. However, despite its small size, there are many interdisciplinary research structures in bioethics in our lands, which represent an impressive scientific output.

This is the state of bioethics in France

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