The InterChurch Bioethics Council (ICBC)
The InterChurch Bioethics Council (ICBC) is an ecumenical cross-cultural body supported by the Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches of Aotearoa New Zealand. ICBC members have between them considerable expertise and knowledge in science, ethics, theology, medicine and education.
In 2002 the “Interchurch Commission on Genetic Engineering” was established to make submissions to the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification. Following the decision of the Royal Commission, the terms of reference for the Interchurch Commission on Genetic Engineering were expanded to include the ethical, cultural and spiritual issues relating to biotechnology and the commission was renamed the InterChurch Bioethics Council.
Faithfully exploring the spiritual, ethical and cultural dimensions of biotechnology and its consequences in Aotearoa, NZ.
To increase the knowledge and understanding of church members and the wider community have of the spiritual, ethical and cultural issues relating to biotechnology, and enabling and encouraging citizens to take action on these issues.
Our Key Tasks
- To increase our own knowledge and understanding of the interface between spirituality and biotechnology;
- To engage in consultation and dialogue with church members, community groups and specialists, on the ethical, spiritual and cultural issues raised by biotechnology.
- To undertake and promote education on these issues within the community.
- To make appropriate submissions to Government and other relevant organisations on important issues of ethical and spiritual concern.
What is Bioethics
Bioethics is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to provide an ethical framework for policy and decision making surrounding biotechnological research and its resulting outcomes. It includes legal, political, commercial, theological and social aspects, as well as the possible future consequences of biotechnology.
Bioethics is concerned not only with biotechnology – and in particular certain novel and often controversial aspects of this science – but also with more commonplace questions concerning the personal and societal values that surround primary care and other branches of health care.
What is Biotechnology
Biotechnology refers to technologies grounded in biology that are used or being developed for use in agriculture, horticulture, health care and the environment.