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Title: The current state of clinical ethics and healthcare ethics committees in Belgium
Authors: Meulenbergs, Tom ×
Vermylen, Jozef
Schotsmans, P T #
Issue Date: May-2005
Series Title: Journal of medical ethics vol:31 issue:6 pages:318-21
Abstract: Ethics committees are the most important practical instrument of clinical ethics in Belgium and fulfil three tasks: the ethical review of experimental protocols, advising on the ethical aspects of healthcare practice, and ethics consultation. In this article the authors examine the current situation of ethics committees in Belgium from the perspective of clinical ethics. Firstly, the most important steps which thus far have been taken in Belgium are examined. Secondly, recent opinion by the Belgian Advisory Committee on Bioethics with regard to ethics committees is presented and the activities of Belgian ethics committees are discussed. Finally, the option to bring research ethics and clinical ethics under the roof of just one committee is criticised using a pragmatic and a methodological argument. Concomitantly, the authors build an argument in favour of the further development of ethics consultation.
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ISSN: 0306-6800
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Interfaculty Centre for Biomedial Ethics and Law
Molecular and Vascular Biology
Faculty of Medicine - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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