Ethics and health

Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Bioethics

WHO Collaborating Centers for Bioethics (CCs) are key institutions with relevant expertise distributed throughout the world. They represent a valuable resource as an extended and integral arm of WHO's capacity to implement its ethics mandate. The scientific validity of WHO's work on ethics is enhanced by ongoing collaboration and dialogue with academic centers. In this respect, WHO encourages connections and synergies between its CCs to achieve enhanced results, to facilitate resource mobilization and to strengthen (institutional) capacity, in particular at regional level. WHO is committed to the development of CCs for Bioethics in low and middle income countries and encourages active partnership between CCs in high- and low resource settings. The Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Bioethics has been created to advance these aims.

Chair of the Network (as of 14 June 2012)

Professor Kenneth W. Goodman is founder and director of the University of Miami Bioethics Program and its Pan American Bioethics Initiative and co-director of the university’s Ethics Programs, including its Business Ethics Program. A philosopher, Prof. Goodman is Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami with appointments in the Departments of Philosophy, Health Informatics, Epidemiology and Public Health, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Anesthesiology and the School of Nursing and Health Studies. He chairs the Ethics Committee of the American Medical Informatics Association, for which organization he co-founded the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Working Group. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. He serves on the external ethics committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prof. Goodman’s research and publications have emphasized issues in health information technology and epidemiology and public health. He has two decades’ experience in clinical and research ethics in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Global Network Terms of Reference

Brochure of the Global Network and the New International compilation of online courses in research ethics

Annual Report 2010-2011

Member Institutions

Network Meetings

5th meeting of the Network: Toronto, Canada, 15-16 July 2013
4th meeting of the Network: New York City, USA, 14-15 June 2012
3rd meeting of the network: Zurich, Switzerland, 18-19 August 2011
2nd meeting of the network: Toronto, Canada, 26 May 2010
1st meeting of the network: Santiago de Chile, 26 April 2009


13 March 2014, Designation of NUS Centre for Biomedical Ethics (CBmE), Singapore
An inaugural event was held 2nd April 2014

14 June 2012, Professor Kenneth W. Goodman elected as new Chair of the network