ETENE discusses general principles in ethical issues in the field of social welfare and health care and concerning the status of patients and clients. It publishes statements and recommendations, issues opinions and prompts public debate on ethical issues.
The Advisory Board provides expert assistance for the development of legislation in the field of social welfare and health care, and also collects and disseminates information on national and international ethical issues in social welfare and health care.
The Advisory Board organises public discussions and training sessions, and edits publications and reports on ethical issues in its field. It also monitors developments in the social welfare and health care sector and related technology from the point of view of ethics.
The Advisory Board consists of a chairman, deputy chairman and a maximum of 18 ordinary members. Each of the ordinary members has a personal deputy member. The Advisory Board appoints the chairmen of its divisions from among its membership.
The members must be well versed in ethical issues in the field of social welfare and health care. They represent providers and users of services, social welfare and health care professionals, the legal profession, social welfare and health care research, and ethical social studies.
The membership must include at least four Members of Parliament. The Advisory Board has a general secretary appointed by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.