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your inquiry to lic. iur. 
Michelle Salathé, MAE, 
Department Ethics, 
Tel. 061 269 90 30  

Currently valid guidelines

The Central Ethical Committee anticipates and discusses ethical problems arising in the field of medicine. As support for medical practice or for biomedical research, it formulates guidelines and recommendations. These are as a rule incorporated into the Statutes of the Swiss Medical Association (FMH) and are therefore binding for members of the Association. The guidelines are checked and revised at regular intervals.
A complete download-list of the current valid guidelines is available in German and French.
Literature about the SAMS guidelines:
- Pfister E, Biller-Andorno N. The reception and implementation of ethical guidelines of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences in medical and nursing practice. Swiss Med Wkly. 2010;140(11-12):160-167. PDF
- Rüetschi D. Die Medizinisch-ethsichen Richtlinien der SAMW aus juristischer Sicht.  Schweiz. Aerztezeitung. 2004;85(23):1222-1225. PDF

Intensive-care interventions (2013)

Guideline PDF 

Ethics support in medicine (2012)

Guideline PDF

Collaboration between the medical profession and industry (2012)

Guideline PDF

 

The Determination of Death in the Context of Organ Transplantation (2011)

Guideline PDF   Prot 1    Prot 2   Prot 3

Advance directives (2013)

Guideline PDF
 

Medical treatment and care of persons with disability (2013)

Guideline PDF
 

Decisions on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (2013)

Guideline PDF
 

Biobanks: Obtainment, preservation and utilisation of human biological material (2006)

Guideline PDF

Palliative Care (2013)

Guideline PDF
 

End of life care (2013)

Guideline PDF
 

Treatment and care of elderly persons dependend on care (2013)

Guideline PDF

Treatment and care of patients with chronic severe brain damage (2003)

Guideline PDF

Medical practice in respect of detained persons (2013)

Guideline PDF
 

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