[Ip-health] Health Policy Watch: WHO Names Members Of Advisory Committee On Human Genome Editing

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Fri Feb 15 21:17:53 PST 2019


WHO Names Members Of Advisory Committee On Human Genome Editing
14/02/2019 by David Branigan

The World Health Organization today announced the membership of its
advisory committee that will assist in the development of global standards
for the governance and oversight of human genome editing.

The first meeting of the committee will be on 18-19 March at WHO

“The panel will review the current literature on the state of the research
and its applications, and societal attitudes towards the different uses of
this technology. WHO will then receive advice from the panel on appropriate
oversight and governance mechanisms, both at the national and global
level,” according to a press release

The list of 16 members (plus two co-chairs) of the multidisciplinary
advisory committee is available on the WHO website here
<https://www.who.int/ethics/topics/gene-editing/committee-members/en/>. The
site includes bios for all members.

The committee co-chairs are Justice Edwin Cameron of South Africa’s highest
court, the Constitutional Court, and Margaret A. (Peggy) Hamburg (US),
foreign secretary of the National Academy of Medicine, and former US Food
and Drug Administration commissioner.

“The Committee was formed after an open call for members. Members will
serve in an independent and personal capacity and represent a broad range
of disciplines, expertise, and experience,” the website states.

At its first meeting in March, the website says, the committee will “review
the current landscape and discuss and agree the workplan for the coming
12-18 months.”

According to the bios, the committee representation appears to include:
United States (3), Canada, Germany, France, South Africa, Australia, United
Kingdom, Poland, India, Japan, Panama, Burkina Faso, Kenya, and China.

Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International
41 22 791 6727
thiru at keionline.org

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