Ethics Committee (EC) (

The EC collaborated with the Scientific Committee of the ERA-EDTA Congress, that was held in Budapest on June 13-16, 2019. Four experts in Ethics were invited for the following Symposia:

  1. How Start Or Stop Dialysis?

C. Combe, Dialysis yes or no? Same question, different answers depending on the context

  1. CKB-MBD and therapeutic approaches

J. Bover, Evidence in CKD-MBD guidelines: Is it time to treat? Is it time to wait?

  1. Improving the organ donor pool

A. Rahmel, Identifying organizational barriers to organ donation in hospitals

  1. Overcoming age with frailty evaluation in the kidney transplant recipient

F.P. Schena, Ethics aspects in frail patients and the organ donor pool

For the 2020 ERA-EDTA Virtual Congress instead three experts in Ethics were invited for the following Symposia:

  1. Big data, social media and new educational tools in renal care

H. Mischak, Restriction of Omics and data sharing by GDPR

  1. Expanding the patient's voice in nephrology with patient outcome measures

F. Loud, Aligning patient priorities, expectations and outcomes

  1. Ageing kidney and its implications

A. Cronin, An ethical approach to palliative care

At the beginning of 2019, an evaluation and selection of the best proposals was put forward for the topics of ERA-EDTA’s 1st Scientific Educational and Interaction Day (SEID) that was held in Vienna (Austria) on October 25-26, 2019. Many different proposals were submitted and only a few had the possibility of being accepted following a strict evaluation by the SAB (Scientific Advisory Board), unfortunately the EC proposal was not accepted but a new submission will be made as soon as a new SEID will be organized.


The EC has suggested to collaborate with the Young Nephrologists’ Platform as the sole other committee, apart from the Ethics Committee, that according to the rules can suggest speakers attending the ERA-EDTA annual congress. The collaboration proposal letter sent to YNP was warmly accepted by its Board Members so a closer collaboration between the two Committees will be implemented.