FSPC Officer of Theology and Ethics joins National Ethics Commission

Prof. Dr. theol. Frank Mathwig, Senior Officer for Theology and Ethics of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC), will join the National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK) in January 2014. Together with 14 other experts, the Reformed Theologian and Ethicist will advise federal authorities on ethical questions relating to advances in the medical sciences.

„ “We are very happy that Professor Mathwig, an internationally renowned figure of Reformed theology, receives this kind of official recognition in Switzerland,” said FSPC Council President Gottfried W. Locher.

Frank Mathwig is one of the eight new members of the NEK who were appointed by the Swiss Federal Council last week. The commission monitors the development of the medical sciences and its areas of application and provides commentary and advice from an ethical point of view. In particular, the commission is obliged to inform the Federal Assembly, the Federal Council and the Cantons, as well as the general public.

Frank Mathwig has been working as the FSPC Senior Officer for Theology and Ethics since 2005. He has been a Titular Professor of Ethics at the Theological Department of the University of Bern since November 2011. In December of the same year, he was appointed to the Ethics Expert Committee of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE). His field of work includes theological ethics, bioethics, ethics of disability, political ethics and human rights. He also addresses theological and ethical questions of church practices.

The NEK was established July 3, 2001, by the Swiss Federal Council. In the course of the debate on the Reproductive Medicine Act, the Swiss chambers of parliament considered it necessary to appoint a standing ethic commission in the field of human medicine.