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Researching Bioethics: Federal and International Materials

U.S. Government Ethics Programs

Governmental organizations, particularly those involved with science and medicine, are deeply invested in compliance with ethics laws and maintaining the public trust. Many have established programs to monitor organizational activity and provide information to the public on ethics issues. These sites can be a valuable sources of information such as governmental guidelines and rules, government-funded studies and reports, and news.

International Organizations

Because Bioethics is a global area of research, teaching, and policymaking, International Organizations have made ethics in science and medicine priority issues.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, gathers input from ethicists, scientists, policy-makers and civil society in its efforts to enact policies on ethical issues in science and technology through its Ethics of Science and Technology Programme. In addition to the reports and publications produced by its committees, such as the International Bioethics Committee and the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee, the organization has also issued declarations that provide a framework of global bioethics principles.

The World Health Organization also created a special division to address work in ethics in health called the Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights. This department works to identify, design, and carry out projects addressing the ethics of health care, public health, and biomedical science. The website provides links to articles and publications on bioethics published by the organization.