The French Agence de la biomédecine, established by the bioethics law in August 2004, oversees four key areas of human biology and medicine: organ tissue and cell transplantation, assisted reproductive technology, prenatal and genetic diagnosis and human embryo and embryonic stem cell research.
These medical activities all share major therapeutic, health and ethical issues. The Agence de la biomédecine is the only agency in Europe that brings together the four areas of transplantation, procreation, embryology and genetics.
The Agence, on a national level, provides professionals and researchers with collective answers, guarantees equity of access, ethics and transparency of these activities, organises information and awareness campaigns, and evaluates and publishes its activities in an annual report. Additionally, the head office operates a training and information centre.