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Mission

Development and support of bioethics policy in Republic of Korea

Ethical and moral consideration of biomedical technology development

Expansion of bioethics consciousness and denotation

Organization

Major Activities

Research and Policy Support

1) Research, education and development of bioethics policy
Policy Research related to various bioethics and safety such as decision on life-sustaining treatment, xenotransplantation, regenerative medicine and precision medicine
Social issues and agenda Research related to assisted reproduction, reproductive cells and human embryo research
Research on ethical, legal and social implications of use of human materials for research and human material bank(Biobank)
Research on ethical, legal and social implications of genome-related technologies such as genetic testing, gene therapy and genetic editing
Research for establishment and operation of Institutional Review Board/ Institutional Bioethics Committee and autonomous research subject protection program and system
Major performance

A Research on Development lower statute of Bioethics and Safety Act and follow-up work according to the law enforcement (Such as Operation of Public IRB/IBC, Project of evaluation and accreditation of Institutional Review Board and Institutional Bioethics Committee

A study on Development of Life-sustaining Treatment Decision process for the Act Enforcement and Application in the Institution Specialized in Providing Hospice Care

Education of professional manpower related IRB/IBC to evaluate IRB/ IBC capability

Supports of National Bioethics Committee(NBC) activities and policy research and review of bioethics issues and agenda

A study on Operation of Joint committee related bioethics and Development of social consensus for the fourth industrial revolution

2) Support for National Bioethics Committee (NBC, under the direct jurisdiction of the Presidential commission) Activities
NBC Main functions

Review of basic national policies on bioethics and biosafety and social issues and agenda related to bioethics

Composition

at least 16 and not more than 20 members, including one chairperson and one vice chairperson

6 Ministers of The Minister of Education, the Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning, the Minister of Education, the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, the Minister of Health and Welfare, and the Minister of Gender Equality and Family

7 persons commissioned by the President of the Republic of Korea from among persons who have abundant expertise and experience in research on bioscience, biomedical science, or social science

7 persons commissioned by the President of the Republic of Korea from among representatives of religions, ethics circles, judicial circles, non-governmental organizations or women

Support for NBC Works

Support for regular meetings, discussions and policy forums, etc.

Setting the agenda and development of resources

Management of NBC Website (https://bioethics.go.kr/)

Expansion of bioethics field

1) National activity
National Bioethics Forum

Open forum on bioethics issues with experts and stakeholders organized by NBC

Colloquium

Lecture and discussion forum with expert (Every two months)

Support of researches and activities

Support for new researchers

Support to hold academic conferences

Journal <Bio, Ethics and Policy> publishment

Searching for bioethics issues and sharing the perspective of experts

2) Bioethics Special Library operation
Collection and Introduction of latest materials on various bioethics
Provision of rental services for books and reports
Overview of Resources

Books 6,091, Periodical 1,223, Non-book Materials 791, Total 8,105 (`17.6.30)

Digital library operation

Website: http://bprlib.kr (Request for resources by E-mail: lib@nibp.kr)

3) International Activity
Attendance at the 11th Global Summit of National Ethics/Bioethics Committees (GS-NEC) (`16. Germany, Berlin)
Communication with organization related life-sustaining treatment(LST)

New York, California, New Jersey in U.S.A

Attendance at UNESCO IGBC meeting (Paris, France)
* IGBC(Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee)
Host the Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting for National Ethics/Bioethics Committees (AP-NEC) (`17.10.23~10.25, The Westin Chosun Hotel, Seoul)

(be expected) around 80 representatives from over 25 countries (WPRO, SEARO region total 48 countries)

Sponsor for the Asian Bioethics Conference (`17.10.26~10.28, Yonsei University Health System, Seoul)

(be expected) around 100 representatives from over 15 countries

Public IRB/IBC Operation (Designation from Minister of Health and Welfare)

 
Public Institutional Review Board designated by the Minister of Health and Welfare(MHW) for a researcher or institution (in accordance with the Bioethics and Safety Act)

Research protocol review and audit

Education for IRB/IBC Members

Education for Institution and individual researcher

Development of Standard operating procedure(SOP) and research ethics guidelines

Evaluation and accreditation of IBC/IRB (consigned by MHW)

 
Evaluation and accreditation of Institutional Bioethics Committee Pilot Project (`13-`15)

Development of evaluation criteria and procedures for standardization and quality management of operations

Evaluation and accreditation of Institutional Bioethics Committee Project (2016-present)

Objects: All Institutional Bioethics Committee/Institutional Review Board registered under the Bioethics and Safety Act (Announcement of institutions to be evaluated at the end of January every year)

Evaluation standard : Apply 50 criteria to assess the adequacy of composition, operation and function of Institution and Committee

Process : application for evaluation and accreditation through the Evaluation System(review.irb.or.kr) → paper review and evaluation (3 evaluation committee members are evaluated, and the result is notified after examination of judging committee) → Site visit and evaluation(site visit team visits the Institution that passed the evaluation of the documents and evaluate them through performance reviews and interviews. The result is notified after examination of judging committee) → Comprehensive evaluation (The result is notified after both evaluation and supplementation answer of Institution)