Amendment Of The Regulation On The Establishment Of A Bioethics Commission

Original Language Title: Änderung der Verordnung über die Einsetzung einer Bioethikkommission

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335. Regulation of the Federal Chancellor, amending the Regulation on the establishment of a Bioethics Commission

On the basis of § 8 (1) and (2) of the Federal Ministries Act 1986, BGBl. N ° 76, as last amended by the Federal Law BGBl. I No 35/2012, shall be arranged:

The Regulation on the Establishment of a Bioethics Commission, BGBl. II No 226/2001, as last amended by Regulation BGBl. II No 362/2005, shall be amended as follows:

2. In § 3 paragraph 2 Z 1 the parenthesis shall be deleted. "(in particular reproductive medicine, gynecology, psychiatry, oncology, pathology)".

3. In § 3 (2) (4), the word shall be "Sociology" by "Social Sciences" replaced.

4. In § 3 para. 2 Z 6, the point shall be replaced by a stroke point and the following Z 7 shall be added:

" 7.

Psychology. "

4. In § 3, the following paragraph 3 is added:

" (3) The Federal Chancellor may, according to need, order observers. The number of such members shall not exceed one fifth of the members of the Commission. They may take part in the meetings of the Commission in an advisory manner without voting rights. In addition, § 4 (1), (4) and (5) and § 5 apply. "

5. § 4 reads:

" § 4. (1) The members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Federal Chancellors for a period of three years. Reorders shall be admissible. The three-year period begins with the first meeting of the members of the newly appointed Commission. If a member retires prematurely, re-orders will be made to the rest of the operating period. At the end of the period of operation, the Commission has continued to continue its operations until the newly ordered Commission meets.

(2) In order to order the members, a balanced gender ratio should be taken into consideration.

(3) From the circle of the members, the Federal Chancellor shall appoint the Chairperson or the Chairperson of the Commission and two persons as Deputy or Deputy.

(4) Members may, at the first meeting of the Commission, disclose any conflicts of interest arising from the appointment of the Commission in the performance of the tasks in the Commission. Subsequently, changes in the conflicts of interest shall be disclosed immediately by the chairman or the chairman. The office has to make the open conflicts of interest publicly available.

(5) Membership of the Commission is an unrested honorary office. However, there is a right to a replacement of travel expenses. "

6. The following provisions and headings shall be replaced by sections 5 to 10, together with the headings:

" Termination of membership

§ 5. (1) Membership ends with time lapse.

(2) The Federal Chancellor may, for important reasons, depart from members of the Commission before the end of the term of office.

(3) Members may, at any time, return their function by letter to the Federal Chancellor.

Convening of sittings

§ 6. (1) The Federal Chancellor or the Chairperson shall convene the Commission, as appropriate, at least quarterly, at meetings.

(2) Members and observers, who may be ordered, shall be invited to the provisional agenda in writing (by post, by e-mail or by fax).

(3) The Commission may, at its meetings, provide information to respondents for the technical discussion of a agenda item.

Management and conduct of meetings

§ 7. (1) The Chairman or Chairperson shall open and direct the meeting. The final agenda shall be adopted by the Commission at the beginning of the sitting.

(2) The Commission may decide that its deliberations and the documents or parts of the document on which it is based are to be kept confidential.

(3) A protocol should be drawn up on the results of the Commission's deliberations. It should also be noted that the opinions differ from that of the overriding opinion.

(4) The meetings of the Commission shall not be public. The Commission shall meet in plenary. The Commission may set up working parties in order to prepare objects.

(5) The Commission's quorum shall require the presence of at least one third of the members. The Commission shall endeavour to achieve the greatest possible consensus in the decision-making process. It shall take its decisions by a majority of votes; a abstention shall be inadmissible. In the event of a tie, the Chairperson's vote shall be decided.

(6) A Member of the Commission may entrust another Member in writing, by means of a communication to the office, with his representative at a single meeting. Any Member may only take over such representation. The represented Member shall not be included in the determination of the quorum. The right to chair the Presidency cannot be transferred. Are both Chairmen and Vice-Presidents Vice-chairmen shall be prevented from holding the oldest Member State of the Union for the duration of the prevention.

(7) The Commission shall report an annual activity report to the Federal Chancellor.

Rules of

§ 8. Detailed rules governing the conduct of business shall be laid down by the Commission in its Rules of Procedure. They must be approved by the Federal Chancellor.


§ 9. (1) The Federal Chancellery shall assist the Commission and its institutions in the performance of the tasks as a business unit.

(2) The office shall be responsible, in particular, for:


the management of the Commission's current operations;


preparation of the meetings of the Commission;


preparation of the minutes of meetings;


Documentation of the Commission's working documents;


Settlement of the payment of travel expenses of the members, observers and observers of the Commission.

Entry into force, transitional provisions

§ 10. § § 2 to 9, in the version BGBl. II No 335/2012, with 1. October 2013 will be in force. The next period of operation of the Commission shall begin with 1. October 2013. "