Medical Ethics

Deontology, Codes of Practice, Guidelines, Professionalism


Since it was founded in 1947, a central objective of the ѻý (WMA) has been to establish and promote the highest possible standards of ethical behaviour and care by physicians. In pursuit of this goal, the ѻýhas adopted global policy statements on a range of ethical issues related to medical professionalism, patient care, research on human subjects and public health. The ѻýCouncil and its standing committees regularly review and update existing policies and continually develop new policy on emerging ethical issues.

The ѻýserves as a clearinghouse of ethics information resources for its members. To achieve this goal, the ѻýcooperates with academic institutions, global organizations, and individual experts in the field of medical ethics.

The ѻýhas adopted numerous policies that are recognized internationally as the global ethical standard for the topics they address. The following selection represents some of the most important ethics policies of the WMA.