The role of informed consent in reference to the coronavirus pandemic is the subject of an online conference streamed via the Open University of Cyprus on Tuesday.

This year’s international online conference to celebrate the World Bioethics Day will focus on the crucial and timely issue of “informed consent”, namely the meaning and importance of patient authorisation in modern medical theory and practice.

The conference will take place on between 6 to 8pm on Tuesday.

What is “informed consent”? How has it historically transformed in a social context beyond law to a moral duty of medical science, one straightforwardly linked to the principle of respect for autonomy? What problems are encountered in understanding and evaluating information about risks and probabilities?

The current analysis of the term will be discussed in the conference with reference to the case of the Covid-10 pandemic, which brought the issue of ‘informed consent’ to the forefront and at the core of medical science.

Influential scientists from various disciplines, from Greece, Cyprus and abroad will address the conference, such as Dr Roberto Andorno, Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine at Zurich University, and D. Ravi Wankhedkar, treasurer of the World Medical Association (WMA), who will analyse from their particular point of view these bioethical issues.

Live streaming is through the OUC e-learning platform at the following weblink:

A certificate of attendance of the international online conference will be given to the participants who register here.