Deutscher Ethikrat


Trilateral Meeting of the Ethics Councils of Germany, France and the UK on 13 November 2019 in Berlin

On 13 November 2019, representatives of the Ethics Councils of Germany, France and the UK met in Berlin.

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Public conference

Thinking – Believing – Knowing: Climate Change and the Ethics of Science

On 23 October 2019, the German Ethics Council held its autumn conference in Göttingen to discuss the ethics of climate science.

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Press Release

Ethics Council: Increasing measles vaccination rate by a package of measures rather than by mandatory vaccination

On Thursday, 27 June 2019, the German Ethics Council published its Opinion “Vaccination as a duty?”.

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Annual Meeting

Care – Robot – Ethics. Ethical Challenges in the Technologisation of Care

On 26 June 2019, the German Ethics Council discussed ethical challenges of robotics in care at its annual meeting.

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Press Release

Ethics Council: germline interventions currently too risky, but not ethically out of the question

On 9 May 2019, the German Ethics Council published a comprehensive ethical investigation into possible interventions in the genome of human embryos or germ cells.

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Welcome to the German Ethics Council

The German Ethics Council deals with the great questions of life. With its opinions and recommendations, it provides orientation for society and politics. The members are appointed by the President of the German Bundestag.

The German Ethics Council was constituted on April 11, 2008 on the basis of the Ethics Council Act and succeeded the National Ethics Council established by the Federal Government in 2001. In the first ten years the  German Ethics Council published 15 opinions on topics such as  anonymous relinquishment, intersexuality, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, genetic diagnostics, patient well beeing and Big Data. He has thus earned great recognition as an important and appreciated source of impetus for advising politicians and the general public.

Current Topics

Interventions in the human germline

New molecular techniques collectively referred to as genome editing allow remarkably easy, fast, and precise changes in the genome and make interventions in the human germline in the near future seem technically feasible.

Vaccination as a duty?

Vaccinations are among the most successful preventive measures in medicine. Especially against many infectious diseases caused by viruses, which even today can only be treated symptomatically, vaccinations are the most important option to protect against potentially severe health risks.