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Ethics Expert - Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology

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Vacancy on the Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology


The Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ECART) is established under the Human Assisted Reproductive Technology (HART) Act 2004.  ECART's role is to review and determine   applications for assisted reproductive procedures and human reproductive research in New Zealand.


On behalf of Hon David Clark, Minister of Health, the Ministry of Health is seeking nominations/applications for a lay member with expertise in ethics.


To be considered for this membership role you will be asked to demonstrate the expertise you have within your chosen field, and how this can be used to uphold any relevant legislative and regulatory guiding principles in ethics review of applications to ECART.


Preferred skills for this role include

  • knowledge of the HART Act 2004 and in particular the guiding principles for ECART

  • an ability to apply legislation and regulations in ethics review of applications

  • an ability to work objectively across a range of relevant perspectives and not adopt a narrow advocacy position

  • an ability to demonstrate open and responsive communication skills with an ability to reach consensus when different points of view are shared

  • an understanding of the needs, values and beliefs of Maori and their application to ethics review

  • knowledge of bioethics principles and/or relevant disciplines.

Please note that to be considered for this lay membership role you must not in the last three years, nor during your membership role on ECART: 

  • have been a Health Practitioner within the definition of the Health Practitioner Competence Assurance Act 2003

  • be involved in health research

  • be employed by or associated with, or have a pecuniary interest in, a fertility service provider.


The Committee meets every two months in either Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. Applicants from across the country are welcome to apply; however please be aware that you will be expected to travel for this role


To apply, please provide a:

  • completed declaration form (attached) for the relevant position

  • covering letter, detailing your experience that is relevant to the Ministerial Advisory Committee to which you are applying for and why the position is of interest

  • current CV.


To nominate someone, please:

  • provide a covering letter, detailing your nomination, and the nominee's experience that is relevant to the responsible authority, and why the position is of interest

  • a declaration form (attached), completed by the candidate for the relevant position

  • the candidate's current CV.


You must be a New Zealand resident and reside in New Zealand in order to be considered for the role. Please note that core public servants are also generally not considered for this role.


Nominations/applications must be made using the Ministry of Health online recruitment tool, and close Friday, 22 June 2018.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at


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