Mandate of the ECNH - The ECNH is an extraparlamentarian committee. It advises the Federal Council and the authorities on legislation and enforcement in the field of non-human biotechnology and gene technology from an ethical point of view.

Legal foundations - The Federal Council established the ECNH by decree in April 1998. The Gene Technology Act (in German, French, and Italian) of 21 March 2003, which came into effect on 1 January 2004, created a new legals basis (in Article 23) for the mandate of the ECNH.

Members - The 12 members of the ECNH are independent experts from various fields.

Secretariat - The Secretariat advises and supports the Committee in the fulfilment of its mandate.

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Last edition: 01.11.2018


Secretariat ECNH
Tel.: +41 (0)58 463 83 83

Postal address

Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology ECNH
c/o Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
CH-3003 Bern


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CH-3003 Bern

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