On 3 September 2009, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the Council of Europe handed the Acting Secretary General of the Council of Europe the Instrument of Ratification of the Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, concerning Genetic Testing for Health Purposes.
The Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, concerning Genetic Testing for Health Purposes, signed by Slovenia on 25 May 2009 in Strasbourg, was adopted on 7 May 2008 and opened for signature since 27 November 2008. The Protocol has been signed by five countries; Slovenia was the first to ratify the Protocol, which is not yet in force.
The Additional Protocol amends the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, concerning Genetic Testing for Health Purposes; however, it does not encroach on medical or non-medical uses of genetics. The Protocol introduces measures to protect human dignity, fundamental rights and freedoms; to prevent any form of stigmatisation of and discrimination against a person, either as an individual or as a member of a group, on grounds of his or her genetic heritage; and to ensure the appropriate quality of genetic testing services for health purposes. By ratifying the Protocol, Slovenia will contribute to its entry into force as soon as possible and to the efforts of the international community to better protect human rights in this rapidly developing and dynamic field of medicine, as well as to meeting European health and human rights standards.
Slovenia has ratified the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine on 5 November 1998, and later, all additional protocols: the Additional Protocol on the Prohibition of Cloning Human Beings (5 November 1998); the Additional Protocol on Transplantation of Organs and Tissues of Human Origin (19 January 2006), and the Additional Protocol concerning Biochemical Research (19 January 2006).
The protection of human rights and biomedicine is one of the priorities of the Slovenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.