Useful links

The links below provide a range of general bioethics resources.

Please note, the Council does not endorse the contents of external websites.

UK organisations

Academy of Medical Sciences
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
British Medical Association (BMA)
Care Quality Commission
Centre for Life
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (defra)
Department of Health
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Faraday Institute for Science and Religion
Food Standards Agency
General Medical Council (GMC)
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)
Human Tissue Authority
Institute of Medical Ethics
Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences & the Law
Medical Research Council (MRC)
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
National Research Ethics Service (NRES)
Nowgen (Centre for Genetics in Healthcare)
PHG Foundation
Progress Educational Trust
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Royal College of Pathologists
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Royal College of Physicians
The Royal Society
The Royal Society of Medicine
Science Learning Centres
Scottish Council on Human Bioethics
Sense about Science
The Wales Gene Park
The Wellcome Trust
UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS)

Academic institutes

Centre for Applied Bioethics, University of Nottingham
Centre for Ethics in Medicine, University of Bristol
Centre for Global Ethics, University of Birmingham
Centre for Professional Ethics, Keele University (PEAK)
Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, King’s College London
Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, University of Manchester
Cesagen, based at the Universities of Lancaster and Cardiff
Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences, University of Exeter
Ethical Issues of Emerging ICT Applications, De Montfort University
The Ethox Centre, University of Oxford
The Hastings Center, New York
Innogen Centre, University of Edinburgh
Institute of Medicine, Law and Bioethics, University of Liverpool
Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham
Kennedy Institute of Bioethics, Georgetown University
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Policy, Ethics & Life Sciences Research Centre, University of Newcastle
Sheffield Institute of Biotechnological Law and Ethics (SIBLE)

National Bioethics Advisory Bodies


The Australian Health Ethics Committee


Austrian Commission on Bioethics


Belgian Advisory Committee on Bioethics


National Council on Ethics in Human Research
Science and Technology Ethics Committee, Quebec

Czech Republic

Bioethical Commission of the Research and Development Council


Danish Council of Ethics


National Advisory Board on Social Welfare and Healthcare Ethics


CCNE – Comité Consultatif National d’Ethique


Deutscher Ethikrat


Greek National Commission of Bioethics


Comitato nazionale per la bioetica


Commission Nationale d’Ethique (C.N.E.)


The Health Council of the Netherlands
Centre for Ethics and Health


National Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics
National Commitee for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences and the Humanities

Nordic Countries

Nordic Committee on Bioethics


National Ethics Council for Life Sciences


Central Ethic Committee of the Ministry of Health


Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics


National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics


Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 2009 – 2017 (archived)

International organisations

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities 
Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS)

Council of Europe Steering Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) 

European Forum for Good Clinical Practices (EFGCP)
EGE European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies
HUGO The Human Genome Organisation
OECD Internal Co-ordination Group for Biotechnology (ICGB) 

UNESCO International Bioethics Committee 
World Health Organisation 

World Medical Association

General bioethics sites

BioEdge – bioethics news from around the world – hosted by the University of Pennsylvania
Bioetica & Debat
DRZE – German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences
EACME – European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics
International Association of Bioethics
National Institutes of Health Bioethics Resources on the Web
SciDev Net – Science and Development Network
SPIN – Science policy and Information News from the Wellcome Trust
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy


American Journal of Bioethics

BMC Medical Ethics

British Medical Journal
Journal of Applied Philosophy
Journal of Medical Ethics

Journal of Medical Genetics

The Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal

Medical Law Review

Bioethics teaching resources

Nuffield Council on Bioethics resources for teachers
Bioethics bytes
BioEthics Education Project (BEEP)
 – Archive
Planet Science
Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics

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