The special tasks of the National Committee on Health Research Ethics include:
- coordination of activities in the regional committees,
- laying down guidelines,
- giving opinions on issues of a fundamental nature, if this is not related to the approval of a concrete research project,
- acting as a board of appeal in connection with findings in the regional committees,
- monitoring the development of research within the health sector and promote the understanding of the ethical problems resulting from the development in relation to the health services and the biomedical research environments; and
- considering whether the National Committee on Health Research Ethics is to make recommendations to the Minister for the Interior and Health. These provisions deal with specific, new fields of research.
Moreover, the National Committee provides consultative statements on biomedical research projects planned by Danish researchers for implementation in developing countries.
The Danish National Committee on Health Research Ethics publishes each year an annual report in Danish.
The committee can establish subcommittees. Furthermore the committee has established some standing committees with other authorities and organisations.
The committee has founded The honorary prize of biomedical research ethics.