WEBTREATS: Bioethics

WEBTREATS: Bioethics 

This list, prepared by the College Resource Center Librarians from other sources, is provided for information only.  Referral to these sites does not imply the endorsement of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of either the organization or their contents, expressed views, programs, or political activities.   Further, the College does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available from these organizations or on these websites. This list is not meant to be comprehensive; the exclusion of a site does not reflect the quality of that site.  One of the reasons many of these sites were chosen is that they have excellent links to other ethics resources.  Please note that sites and URLs are subject to change without warning.  

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Search on ethics to find ethical guidelines.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee Opinions List of Titles
This College webpage is the current list of ACOG Committee Opinions. Open the current list of titles and scroll down to Committee on Ethics.  Open specific ethical opinions through the document title.

American Medical Association (AMA)
The AMA medical ethics home page includes links to the AMA Code of Ethics, the Virtual Mentor, the Declaration of Professional Responsibility, the Ethical Force Program, and other key AMA publications and programs. 

American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH)

American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (ASLME)

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
ASRM Ethics Committee Documents are here.

This site, affiliated with the American Journal of Bioethics, includes news, articles, a forum, a blog, and a listing of upcoming bioethics events.

Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)
The Bioethics for Clinicians series was published in CMAJ from 1996 through 2002.

Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects
The CIOMS guidelines cover the ethical justification for and scientific validity of research.

Ethics in Medicine
This resource, from the University of Washington School of Medicine, includes bioethics topics, bioethics tools, and resources.

EthicShare, a research and collaborative website, offers a comprehensive collection of ethics resources including searchable research materials, group discussions, news, and upcoming events.

European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) Documents of the Task Force Ethics and Law 
This site provides fulltext access to the ethical reports issued by the ESHRE SIG on ethics & law.

German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences (DRZE)
DRZE offers BELIT (a bioethics literature database), a thesaurus, links, events, and other resources.

The Hastings Center
The Hastings Center is an independent, nonpartisan, interdisciplinary research institute that addresses fundamental ethics issues in health, medicine, and the environment.  The Bioethics Forum is available through this website.

International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)
Use the search box to find ethical documents.

FIGO Code of Ethics 

FIGO Ethical Issues in Obstetrics and Gynecology (2012)

Miscellaneous FIGO Publications

General and specific ethics guidelines and the FIGO bioethics training curriculum are available through this link.

Women's Sexual and Reproductive Rights: Rights-Based Code of Ethics 

Kennedy Institute of Ethics (KIE)
KIE, of Georgetown University, is devoted to research and teaching in biomedical ethics, houses the  Bioethics Research Library, and conducts seminars and courses in bioethics.

Bioethics Research Library 
The Bioethics Research Library provides KIE library and information services.  This website links to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission Digital Archive, resources on genetics and ethics, and an Islamic ethics database.  Patrons can search bioethics databases, request bibliographies, and find other resources. 

UNESCO Bioethics
This UNESCO portal site provides links to all major international ethics documents and projects, including the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC), the International Bioethics Committee (IBC), the Global Ethics Observatory (GEObs), and the Declarations.

Federal websites:

Bioethics Resources on the Web
This site provides links to all major NIH bioethics activities and documents.

The Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research Program

ELSI is the National Human Genome Research Institute Program that addresses the ethical, legal and social issues that arise as the result of human genetic research.

Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues 

History of Bioethics Commissions
This site links to a list of all former U.S. national bioethics commissions, with all of their reports, including a downloadable copy of the report when available.

Stem Cell Information
This site provides links to key NIH activities and documents on stem cell research.

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