The purpose of the Ethics Council is to promote and strengthen awareness of ethical issues that lead to the use of bio- and gene technologies that have an impact on human life.

The council can also initiate and strengthen discussions on other general and principl ethical questions, that are health-related to activities within the health-, social- and municipal sectors.

The Ethical Council is obligated to follow the progression of the bio- and gene technology, and is tasked with advising on ethical questions related to the research in and use of bio- and gene technology.

The Ethics Council has 9 members, who are appointed for the duration of 4 years at a time. The members will remain on the council until new members are appointed.