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Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting for National Bioethics/Ethics Committees (AP-NEC2)

The National Ethics Advisory Committee is proud to announce that in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), NEAC is hosting the second Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting for National Bioethics/Ethics Committees.

The Republic of Korea held the inaugural AP-NEC meeting in 2017.

The Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting for National Bioethics/Ethics Committees is held once in every two years and brings together national ethics committees, as well as ethics/bioethics focal points in governments, from around the world to share their thoughts and experiences in relation to bioethical issues.

The Regional Meeting takes place between the Global Summit of Bioethics Committees. This is a biennial forum for national bioethics representatives to share information and experiences on ethical issues in health and public health. It is a platform for discussion and formulates consensus on a wide range of prominent ethical topics.

For more information on the Global Summit, is available on the WHO website:

An international Steering Committee is being established and will meet in early 2019. The agenda, themes and speakers are yet to be arranged.

Participants for this meeting should be:

  1. The chair of the country's national ethics/bioethics committee or equivalent advisory group, if any, that provides guidance to the government on health ethics issues; and
  2. A senior officer in the ministry of health or other government agency responsible for the development, implementation and/or evaluation of health ethics policies and programmes.

Meeting details / Save the Date

22-23 October 2019, Wellington, New Zealand.

Invitations have not been sent - but please save the date! If you have any questions please contact neac@moh.govt.nz