The National Commission for Bioethics and Technoethics is an independent advisory body of the State in the fields of life sciences and new technologies in general.
The Commission is a consultative body of the State concerning the fields of life sciences and new technologies in general. Its mission is to examine the ethical, social and legal dimensions and consequences mostly of the fields of biology, biotechnology, medicine and genetics, and of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, advanced algorithms and robotics as well.
The Commission has, primarily, the following competences:
(a) formulates overall policy and special acts proposals, provides relevant guidelines and consults on issues related to its mission,
(b) represents the Country in international organizations for issues related to its mission,
(c) deploys initiatives to raise public awareness about issues related to its mission,
(d) participates in legislative drafting committees for issues related to its mission or delivers an Opinion about relevant provisions before they get submitted,
(e) examines the adaptation of Greek legislation to the provisions of the International and EU law and proposes regulation arrangements about issues related to its mission,
(f) draws up and submits reports following the article 34,
(g) establishes working groups for issues related to its mission, that are composed of specialized public sector staff or private experts, defines their organizational and operational model and supervises their work, and
(h)organizes events for issues related to its mission.
Τhe National Bioethics and Technoethics Commission (Commission) has been established on April 15, 2021 and reports to the Prime Minister. Its terms of reference are provided for in the founding law 4780/2021. The Commission is supported (administratively and financially), by the Presidency of the Government and its costs are covered by the budget of the Presidency of the Government.