AHEC - Australia Health Ethics Committee

AHEC is an advisory body for the National Health and Medical Research Council. This website contains information about research and activities being undertaken and the current Australian guidelines for human research and other ethical issues.


Australian Medical Association

The Australian Medical Association is the Australian professional association for doctors. This website includes information about Australian medical practice, as well as some ethics policy statements.


Toi te taiao: The Bioethics Council (New Zealand)

Toi te Taiao: New Zealand's Bioethics Council, was formed with the aim of enhancing New Zealand's understanding of the cultural, ethical and spiritual aspects of biotechnology, and ensuring that the use of biotechnology has regard for New Zealanders' values.



BioEdge is a blog offering free weekly updates on cutting-edge bioethical issues. BioEdge aims to promote human dignity as the foundation of bioethics; promote evidence-based ethics in medicine; show that medical excellence is not possible without ethical principles; provide high-quality, up-to-date information; and facilitate the participation of health professionals in policy debates.


Bioethics Centre University of Otago

The Bioethics Centre at the University of Ontago aims to encourage and co-ordinate teaching and research, to stimulate informed public debate, and to provide consultation and resources. It is the home of the New Zealand Bioethics Journal.


British Medical Association

The British Medical Association is the British professional association for doctors. Their website offers general information including BMA views and ethics policy statements.


Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics

The Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics began as a response to the Catholic Hospitals' demand for greater understanding and advice on ethical issues in health care.


The Centre for Bioethics and Culture Network

The American based Centre for Bioethics and Culture Network provides "resources and a public forum to: educate our culture about the impact of biotechnologies, engage in dialogue about what it means to be human, and to challenge those who influence our culture to use science that is grounded in moral responsibility."


The Centre for Bioethics and Human Dignity

The Centre for Bioethics and Human Dignity was established by a group Christian bioethicists to engage in the public forum on issues of a bioethical nature. This site contains many useful resources.


The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research

The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research in Canada is an independent institute committed to interdisciplinary research in biomedical ethics and the effects of technology on family and social life.


Duke Center for the Study of Medical Ethics and Humanities

The Center for the Study of Medical Ethics and Humanities aims to promote excellence in scholarship and teaching in medical ethics and the medical humanities. The Center creates an interdisciplinary forum where physicians and scholars can examine important questions at the intersection of medicine, ethics, and the humanities. The website is mostly about the Centre, but you will find links to relevant organisations, as well as “Do No Harm”, a radio magazine on medical ethics.


Eubios Ethics Institute

The Eubois Ethics Institute (in Japanese as well as English) is a nonprofit group that aims to stimulate the international discussion of ethical issues, and how to use technology in ways consistent with "good life" (eu-bios). It aims at an integrated and cross-cultural approach to bioethics, and at building up an international network.


General Medical Council, UK

The General Medical Council (UK) is a charity which functions to promote the health and safety of patients. The website features information on good medical practice and ethical issues such as consent and confidentiality.


The Hastings Center for Bioethics

The Hastings Center explores fundamental ethical questions in health care, biotechnology, and the environment. It is the oldest research institute of its kind in the world.


Human Genome Project Information

The US Department of Energy manages this suite of websites, which provide a vast amount of information about the Human Genome Project


Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University

The university-based Kennedy Institute in the USA is a teaching and research centre offering ethical perspectives on major policy issues. This website includes the National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature, the National Information Resource on Ethics and Human Genetics and links to other organisations and databases.


The Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics

The Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics is located in London, England. The Centre presents, explains and defends the Catholic Church’s position on many contentious questions in medical ethics. Perspectives are informed by Catholic moral teaching but the Centre seeks also to appeal to non-religious, philosophical reasoning to enable dialogue with those of no religious faith. The website offers topic papers on a range of bioethical issues.


Nuffield Council on Bioethics

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics was established to consider the ethical issues arising in medicine and biology developments. The Council identifies issues of concern, then appoints a multidisciplinary group to examine and report on the topic. The website features reports in pdf format on a range of topics.


Plunkett Centre for Ethics in Health Care

The Plunkett Centre is a University centre for the study of ethical issues in health care and biomedical research. It conducts research, engages in teaching (both clinical education and post-graduate supervision) and provides an ethics consultancy service for health care practitioners.


President’s Council on Bioethics

The President’s Council on Bioethics was formed to advise the President of the USA on ethical issues related to advances in biomedical science and technology. On their website you will find many detailed reports and transcripts of discussions.


St James Ethics Centre

St James Ethics Centre is a not-for-profit organisation which provides a forum for the promotion and exploration of ethics. The Centre seeks to encourage individuals and organisations to include the ethical dimension in their daily lives. It does not specifically address bioethical topics, but ethics in general. In particular it is concerned with ethical decision making in everyday life.


UNESCO International Bioethics Committee

The UNESCO International Bioethics Committee was created in response to the ethical mission of UNESCO, and is the only body of an international character in the field of bioethics. It aims to keep abreast of progress in genetics, whilst at the same time taking care to ensure respect for the values of human dignity and freedom in view of the potential risks of irresponsible attitudes in biomedical research.


Women's Forum Australia

Women's Forum Australia is an organisation that endeavours to promote the well being and advancement of women in society by engaging in public forums about issues relating to women's social, cultural, health and economical situations. They are particularly concerned about the equality of opportunity in the workforce and achieving a healthy work-life balance. They are also involved in discussion of the treatment of children and in particular the sexualisation of children, and inparticular young girls, in the media.


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International Governmental Bioethics Sites


Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Ethics Office


Finnish National Advisory Board on Health Care and Ethics (ETENE)


Finnish National Advisory Board on Research Ethics (TENK)


French National Consultative Committee for Health and Life Sciences


German National Ethics Commission


Health Council of the Netherlands


Hellenic National Bioethics Commission


Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics

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