The Scientific Committee of the International Society of Bioethics (hereinafter the SIBI) is competent for proposing, organising, implementing and developing all scientific tasks responding to the entity's aims, in accordance with articles 6, 7, 21 and 22.2 of the SIBI statutes. (See ANNEXE I)
In the implementation and development of these tasks, the Scientific Committee will function with absolute independence, according to the available economic resources of the SIBI.
The permanent headquarters of the Scientific Committee will be situated in the city of Gijón (Spain), at Plaza del Humedal, nº 3.
- The Scientific Committee of the SIBI will comprise of a minimum of seven and a maximum of thirty members.
- The Committee will meet at least once a year at its permanent headquarters in Gijón to carry out its functions. The meetings will last approximately two days.
- The members of the first Scientific Committee are to name, by vote, a President, a Vice President and a Secretary. The posts will be acceded to by simple majority of the votes cast.
- The President will represent the Scientific Committee to all intents and purposes, establish the according relation with the Trust as stipulated in the SIBI Statute and receive the support provided for in the Statute in order for the Scientific Committee to be able to comply with its aims.
- The Vice President will substitute the President in any possible case of vacancy, absence or illness, or when provided with a written authorization by the President.
- The Secretary will register and minute the meetings of the Scientific Committee.
- The mandates of the President, the Vice President and the Secretary will be for a four year period, after which they can aspire to a sole reelection. Nevertheless, Mr. Marcelo Palacios will be permanently the President and re-election shall not be required.
- If any of the posts were to be vacant, the Scientific Committee would proceed in substituting it in the following meeting, after the due proposal and election.
- The members of the Scientific Committee, as such, will carry their functions out on an honorary basis without any remuneration. Nonetheless, the travelling expenses to get to the permanent headquarters in Gijón and the stay in this City for the annual meetings and possible conferences will be entirely provided for by the SIBI.
- The President of the Scientific Committee of the SIBI, or the possible substitute, will be refunded for any expense on account of representation at scientific events, meetings or conferences, whenever it is the case that the attendance to these events follows express mandate by the Foundation Trust.
- The Scientific Committee will be able to appoint an Honorary President.
- Once their mandate has expired, Presidents of the Scientific Committee will then go on to occupy this post on an honorary basis.
- The Honorary Presidents will be called on to attend the meetings of the Scientific Committee in the same terms as the rest of the members.
- Upon commencement of each meeting, the Scientific Committee will approve the previous meeting's minutes. After this, the forwarded order of the day for the present sessions will be approved, although it can be modified if there is a proposal and a voted ratification in this sense on behalf of two thirds of the Committee.
- At the end of each meeting, the date for the following meeting will be set and the contents agreed on as well as the possible order of the day.
- The meetings of the Scientific Committee will take place at its headquarters in Gijón and speeches will be in Spanish, English and French, with simultaneous translation.
- The Scientific Committee will designate among its members an Editorial Commission for the SIBI Journal. It will be the Commission's task to evaluate the articles and inform the Scientific Committee plenary of them prior to their publishing in the Journal.
- The norms by which articles are published in the Journal will be established by the Scientific Committee.
- The Journal will be published, provided that the SIBI has sufficient resources, every six months in Spanish, English and French.
- The SIBI will be responsible for the publishing expenses of the Journal or for those of nay other text resulting from the Scientific Committee's activities.
- The members of the Scientific Committee will be entitles to receive the Journal for free.
- Any income resulting from the sales of the Journal will belong to the SIBI.
The Scientific Committee may designate Specific Groups among its members to deal with the problems of Bioethics in Medicine, Biology, Biodiversity, Agrifood, Environment and others considered as appropriate,. The proposals put forward by these groups will have to be discussed and approved by the Scientific Committee as a body.
If the economic resources of the SIBI make it possible, the Scientific Committee may commission papers concerning specific subjects and remunerate the author or authors.
- The Scientific Committee may invite to its meetings, whenever it seem convenient, people or institutions who excel in their work in the field of Bioethics or due to the importance of their specialization.
- Similarly, the members of the Trust of the Director of the SIBI may attend the meetings of the Scientific Committee although lacking the right to take part or vote in the scientific deliberations.
- Every two years, the SIBI will organise a World Conference on Bioethics.
- The scientific aspects of the Conference will exclusively depend on the SIBI Scientific Committee. The aspects concerning infrastructure and organization of the Conference will depend on the SIBI which will develop them in coordination with the indications of the President of the Scientific Committee.
- Speeches during the Conference will be in Spanish, English and French, with simultaneous translation.
The Scientific Committee may propose other kinds of meetings or events to the SIBI, such as round tables, symposia, courses, conferences, etc.
- Through the SIBI, the Scientific Committee will put forward conclusions of its own to orient in the elaboration of texts for the different levels of education or as a reference for legislative works.
- The SIBI will promote the production of texts of international recognition.
The SIBI will have a bibliographic fund of its own in its Headquarters in Gijón. The list of titles will be funded, according to the availability of the annual budget, by voluntary contribution with part of the fees paid by the associates to the Scientific Committee and by donations from individuals and legal entities as well as public institutions.
The Scientific Committee will make proposals to the SIBI about public announcement and awarding of grants for research on Bioethics as well as the establishing of Prize-awards on this subjects.
After having established the SIBI Prize for the person or institution with the most outstanding contribution to Bioethics, the choice of Prize-winner will be forwarded to the Trust by the Scientific Committee.
The Prize-giving ceremony will coincide with the celebration of the World Conference on Bioethics.
- Any legal entity interested in Bioethics will be allowed to become Associates to the Scientific Committee upon requesting so, and previous approval from the Scientific Committee will be needed. Being an Associate entails payment of an annual fee set by the Scientific Committee.
- Associates will not be part of the Scientific Committee.
- The income from the Associates contributions will belong to the Foundation.
STATUTE OF THE SIBI
Article 6. Aims
It is the Foundation´s object to promote, support, spread and consolidate knowledge on Bioethics, with the purpose of applying if fully in the fields of medical, biological and technological sciences. Furthermore, it will endeavor to obtain the legal development of Bioethics, both on a national and international scale. It will undertake the analysing of specific problems concerning the application of scientific advances, particularly in biomedicine and biotechnology, from the standpoint of ethics, law and society.
For the fulfillment of these aims, the Foundation will develop, in an expository and non exhaustive manner, the following activities:
- Organizing, carrying out or taking part in congresses, symposiums, seminars, colloquiums, master´s degrees, conferences and debates in which questions concerning Bioethics are dealt with.
- Organizazing or taking part in scientific expositions and other activities in general in which any initiatives, sectors or movements representative of or related to Bioethics may participate or be interested, directly or indirectly, totally or partly.
- Organizing and/or carrying out initiatives in education concerning Bioethics.
- Organizing, carrying out or taking part in the elaborating or editing of texts about Bioethics which might, preferably, be included in or be of use to the different levels of education.
- Organizing, carrying out or taking part in the elaborating or editing of publications concerning Bioethics.
- Arousing public interest towards an objective and democratic exchange of views on Bioethics.
- Contrasting criteria and experiences on a national and supranational scale with the different Administrations, Institutions, Groups, Associations, Entities and Societies, under public or private law, national of foreign, whenever this will redound to the benefit of knowledge on Bioethics.
- Undertake actions to support or collaborate with the different Administrations, Institutions, Groups, Associations, Emities and Societies, under public or private law, national or foreign, to stimulate a larger knowledge of Bioethics.
- Studying, setting, developing and establishing any agreements on participation and co-operation -that might necessary to achieve the aims of the entity- with other Administrations, Institutions, Groups, Associations, Entities and Societies, under public or private law, national or foreign.
- Creating a documentary fund on Bioethics.
- Giving economic aid of all sorts, especially grants for studies, to all activities that contribute to the given aim, by the Foundation itself or through agreements with public or private organizations.
- Carrying out campaigns to inform on aspects concerning Bioethics.
- Promoting or carrying out any other actions that might stimulate the development and consolidation of knowledge and regulation concerning Bioethics.
Article 7. Freedom of action
The Trust will have complete freedom to determine the activities of the Foundation regarding the fulfillment of those specific objectives which, according to its own judgement and in the implementation of its aims, are most adequate or convenient at each moment.
Article 21. Scientific Committee
The Foundation will have a consultative organ known as the Scientific Committee, which will be formed by personalities of recognized experience in any aspect related with the entity´s aims. This organ will be consulted in taking decisions concerning the priority actions to be carried out within the entity´s aims. Its composition and the rules concerning its responsibilities, functioning and how its members are to be designated and renewed, will be set by the Trust at each given moment. Initially, although regardless of any further decisions by the Trust in this sense, the Scientific Committee will be comprised of a minimum number of seven and a maximum of thirty members named at the suggestion of the President of the Trust. The Committee will meet at least once a year. The members of this organ as such are to carry out their function on an honrary and non remunerated basis.
Article 22. Composition and Ownership of the Resources
- The Foundation´s resources may comprise all the kinds of assets and rights capable of being valued economically.
- The Foundation is to appear as the title-holder of all the assets and rights that comprise its resources and they are to be recorded in the inventory as well as in the Register of Foundations, as shall they also be recorded, if necessary, in the corresponding Registers.
The modifications of the original Regulations were adopted unanimously in the meetings of the Scientific Committee, dated 15.12.02. 30.09.02 and 28.02.03, and ratified by the Board of Trustees of the Fundation Internaional Society of Bioethics (SIBI) in its meetings of December 2002 and June 2003.
DIVISION OF THE SIBI
- Juridical Status
- Every SIBI Division will be juridically dependent on the International Society of Bioethics with official headquarters in Gijon, Spain (to be referred heareafter as: SIBI).
- In their activities and decision-making, SIBI Divisions will respect fully the aims sought by the SIBI Foundation.
- SIBI Divisions will heve freedom to run their own management and finances and will assume full liability in that regard. However, the SIBI may provide economic aid to support specific activities according to the available resources of the Foundation.
- SIBI Divisions will use the official name and logo of the SIBI in every document, actions and campaigns they develop, setting down in writing SIBI´s Headquarters. The Division´s name and address will follow.
- SIBI Divisions will adopt the Regulations of SIBI´s Scientific Commitee with the exception of Article 4º, to be deferred for a three-year period as form the date a Division is created an without detriment to what the Division´s Secretariat might establish in that regard. Likewise, Article 5º will be modified and adapted to that stated further blow.
- The activities describes in Articles 13,15, 17 and 18 of the Regulations may be carried out without the express permision by SIBI´s Scientific Committee but in accordance with their suggestions after review of those proposed and submitted by a Division´s Secretariat.
- When, to the SIBI´s own judgment, a Divisions fails to fulfill essential aims of the SIBI Foundation or in the event of reiteratoed non-observance of the Regulations of the Scientific Committee, the SIBI may decide to dissociate itself from that Division and subsequently forbid further use SIBI´s name and logo, as well as to take away any resources originally endowed to the Division.
- Organizational estructure
- Every SIBI Division will have a Secretariat and Scientific Commitee
- The Secretariat:
- Will compromise three members form different countries and it will be appointed by the SIBI. They will act as President and Vice Presidents for a three -year period and they may rotate in these posts. Once their mandate expires, they will be re-appointed or replaced by the SIBI.
- The Secretariat will carry out functions of managenment and coordination of the Division´s Scientific Committee , as well as those of reporting and coordinating with the SIBI.
- The Scientific Committee:
- The Scientific Committee of any one SIBI Division will compromise a minimum of seven and maximum of thirty members. These will be named by the SIBI after proposal by the Division´s Secretariat.
- The Division´s Scientific Committee will meet to discuss the issues proposed by the Secretariat in accordance with the frequency established in Art. 4º of the Regulations of SIBI´s Scientific Committee, without detriment to the temporary measures described above, and will carry out the functions expressed in the regulations.
- Coodination with the SIBI:
- The President of SIBI´s Scientific Commitee, or whoever represents him/her, may attend the meeting called by the Secretariat of a SIBI Division and may participate in discussions but with no rigth to vote.
- The members of the SIBI´s Scientific Committee may attend meeting of a Division´s Scientific Committee or corresponding Chapter although lacking the the rigth to vote on deliberations by the Division´s Scientific Committee.
- In order to allow for compliance of the above provisions, the SIBI is to be informed a fortnigth in advance on the dates when such meetings will take place.
- The members of the Secretariat and of the Scientific Committee of any SIBI Division may be invited to attend meetings of SIBI´s Scientific Committee althougth lacking the rigth to vote on their deliberations.
- Issues of concern and requests placed by any ono SIBI Division that are to be reviewed or approved by the Scientific Committee of the SIBI shall be submitted by the Division´s Secretariat well in advance before the annual mandatory meeting of the former.
- Headquarters of Divisions: The Secretariat of a SIBI Division will determine the location and address of their ofccial see and is thereafter to inform SIBI aout this and any other eventual changes.
(Document written up by Carlos Mª Romeo and Salvador D. Bergel, with suggestions of Marcelo Palacios. Accepted by the Board of Trustees of the SIBI the 23 of December of 2002, put in knowledge of the Scientific Committee and ratified in his meeting of 28 of January of 2003 in Strasbourg (French), and incorporate to the Regulations of the Scientific Committee of SIBI like ANNEXE II)