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A new Danish National Center for Ethics is to give ethics an even stronger voice

The current Co-secretariat of the Danish Council on Ethics, the National Committee on Health Research Ethics and the Medical Research Ethics Committees under the Danish Ministry of Health becomes the Danish National Center for Ethics.

As of 1 January 2022, a new organisational structure enters into force for the Co-secretariat of the Danish Council on Ethics, the National Committee on Health Research Ethics and the Medical Research Ethics Committees. As a result, these three bodies will in future be organised under a new Danish National Center for Ethics, and the current secretariat will be expanded. The change takes place to give ethics an even stronger voice and thereby also to strengthen the work and decision-making basis of these bodies.

Under the new structure, Christa Lundgaard Kjøller, who currently heads the Co-secretariat, becomes CEO of the Danish National Center for Ethics.

“The present and future ethical questions are increasingly challenging the traditional boundaries between bioethics, health ethics, data ethics and research ethics – driven in particular by an increased innovation pressure from the life sciences industry, the technological advances in biomedicines and the progressive digitisation of society. It requires of us that we reinforce the platform underneath us.  

The Danish National Center for Ethics enables us to draw on a wide range of expertise and knowledge internally. The aim is to strengthen our handling of delegated tasks and to help find solutions to new ethical dilemmas that arise with development. We want ethical questions to be brought up earlier in the decision-making phase and ethics to play a central role in decisions affecting the lives and everyday living of individuals, and we will work towards these goals.

We will also step up our efforts to establish national and international collaborations with other participants of ethics both within the health sciences and the humanities”, said Christa Lundgaard Kjøller, CEO of the Danish National Center for Ethics.

The website of the Danish National Center for Ethics is currently under construction. In the meantime, please visit the three current Danish websites: www.etiskraad.dk, www.dvmk.dk, www.nvk.dk.

In 2022, we will send out invitations to the official opening of the Danish National Center for Ethics.

The bodies organised under Danish National Center for Ethics

Currently 30 co-workers are busy at the Danish National Center for Ethics working on projects and case processing for the Danish Council on Ethics, the National Committee on Health Research Ethics, and the Medical Research Ethics Committees.

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About Danish National Center for Ethics

At the Danish National Center for Ethics, our responsibility is to highlight and safeguard the ethical principles and values that have formed our society. As part of our tasks, we give advice to the authorities when new legislation is drafted. We stimulate debate and raise public awareness of ethical and research ethical concerns within the center's responsibilities. We contribute to safeguarding the rights of research participants and the integrity of research. We are at the forefront of development and consider the ethical dilemmas of tomorrow, we make recommendations to promote significant values and principles of ethics, and we prepare reports, statements and articles to help ensure that the democratic resolutions are founded on relevant ethical standards and considerations.