Their Purpose, Creation and Operation
Ethics Committee Resources and Guidelines
Audio and Printable Resources
Articles from Bioethics Forum, Fall 1994, Volume 10
Clinical Ethics and Ethics Committees, by William G. Bartholome
Ethics committees have three primary functions:
(1) CONSULTATION – To serve as a resource for patients, families and stakeholders to resolve difficult issues that
arise in patient care.
(2) EDUCATION – To provide continuing ethics education to the institution and more specialized training to EC members.
(3) POLICY – To participate in institutional policy formation and review to maintain and improve ethical treatment of patients on a systems level.
Ethics Committee Guidelines
Through the years, the Consortium has developed guidelines in response to issues raised by members.
The following guidelines are provided for historical reference: