Ethics and health


Global Health Ethics collaborates with many organizations and institutions, from governmental and intergovernmental to academic and professional.

The Global Summit of National Bioethics Advisory Bodies

The Global Health Ethics Unit at WHO provides the permanent secretariat for the Global Summit. Any government or national commission wishing to attend the next Global Summit, or to be added to the list of organizations maintained by the secretariat, should please contact the Department of Ethics and Social Determinants at

The next Global Summit will take place in Mexico, June 2014.

Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres For Bioethics

To aid its work, the Global Health Ethics Unit will turn to the Global Network of WHO collaborating centres for bioethics:

United Nations Organizations

International Initiatives

Regional Organizations

ONEC database

Following the 8th Global Summit of National Bioethics Advisory Bodies, The Global Health Ethics Unit at WHO that provides the permanent secretariat for the Global Summit started developing a database containing Opinions submitted by National Ethics Committees (ONEC). The ONEC database is hosted in WHO and is accessible through a public website. . The goal of this initiative is to provide easy, free, permanent and secure access to information and opinions submitted by National Ethics Committees.

International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP)

The main aim of the WHO ICTRP is to improve research transparency and strengthen the validity and value of the scientific evidence base by facilitating the prospective registration of the WHO Trial Registration Data Set on all clinical trials, and the public accessibility of that information.

Contact information

Global Health Ethics
Department of Knowledge, Ethics and Research
World Health Organization
20, Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Genève 27

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