Scientists affect and are affected by world events –positive or negative? forcing them to take action and make decisions by addressing these matters. Globalization, migration and minority issues, multiculturalism, wars and catastrophes, poverty as well as unexpected climatic changes are a few health related topics, which compel us to make a contribution through the provision of scientific knowledge and research, offering solutions to the issues our society is facing. As health professionals we cannot stand back and watch. We must take our place in the forefront proposing formalized procedures to increase efficiency and fairness in the handling of these issues, as well as setting scientific criteria and ethics for the development of policies and the monitoring of new and controversial scientific fields.