International Care Ethics Observatory News

The International Care Ethics (ICE) Observatory is based in the School of Health and Social Care, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

The overall aim of the International Care Ethics Observatory is to engage in research and scholarship that illuminates the importance and complexity of care activities and underpins innovative and effective interventions that develop and sustain ethical care practices. The ICE Observatory acts as an inter-disciplinary, national and international hub of educational, organisational and research expertise and activity to revalue care and promote an in-depth understanding of, and commitment to, ethics in health and social care. In addition to initiating and promoting international research, the Centre also hosts an annual conference, regular ethics seminars and a post-graduate professional ethics summer school. Go to:

19th Nursing Ethics Conference

4rd International Ethics in Care Conference

1st & 2nd September 2018, Cork, Ireland

In 2018, both the International Care Ethics Observatory of the University of Surrey (UK) and the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork (Ireland), will organize the19th Nursing Ethics Conference and the 4rd International Ethics in Care Conference. An excellent occasion to reflect on future challenges and opportunities of ethics in nursing and care.

Practitioners, researchers, educators, managers and students in the field of health and social care from around the world are invited to attend and participate in this conference to engage in plenary lectures, panel discussions and oral presentations.

More information can be found at:

Call for Nominations: Human Rights and Nursing Awards

The Human Rights and Nursing Awards are presented to any nurse in recognition of an outstanding commitment to human rights and exemplifying the essence of nursing’s philosophy of humanity.

Criteria for the Human Rights and Nursing Award

The Directors and local Management Committee review all nominations for the Human Rights Award annually.

  1. The contributions and accomplishments of the nominee must be of international significance to human rights.
  2. The contributions of the nominee have influenced health care and/or nursing practice.

Please contact Dr. Verena Tschudin, University of Surrey, if you know of a nurse in your country who is worthy of such an award. There is now a significant financial component and these awards can help develop human rights related activities.

Verena can be reach via email at: and

Online Newsfeeds about Nursing Ethics and Healthcare Ethics

Automated newsfeeds from Nursing

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Automated newsfeeds from NSW Health

This website provides up-to-date information on developments in health law and ethics from Australia and around the world. For more information visit: or Follow on Twitter: @EthicsHealthLaw

Online Resources on Nursing Ethics and Healthcare Ethics

International Council for Nurses (ICN) Code of Ethics

For the latest revised 2012 version of the Code of ethics for Nurses.

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Top 25 Nursing Ethics Blogs

The International Centre for Nursing Ethics (ICNE) is listed as one of the top 25 nursing ethics blogs. For more information on other blogs see: or Follow on Twitter: @LPN2BSNOnline


The WHO has published the document: ‘Global health ethics: key issues’, which aims to assist policy‑makers, health care providers and researchers to understand key concepts in health ethics and to identify basic ethical questions surrounding health and health care. It illustrates the challenges of applying ethical principles to global public health and outlines practical strategies for dealing with those challenges. More information can be found at:

Hastings Center

This website offers news, information and resources relating to fundamental ethical issues in the areas of health, medicine, and environment that affect individuals, communities and societies. For more information visit: or Follow on Twitter: @hastingcenter


BioEdge is edited by Michael Cook who is based in Melbourne, Australia, and provides regular updates and news regarding bioethics around the world.

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Global Health Ethics

The Global Health Ethics website offers a virtual space for dialogue on shared ethical concerns and support on unique ethical dilemmas. This website is available in several languages. Go to:

Global Ethics Observatory (GEObs)

The Global Ethics Observatory is a system of databases covering a range of areas in bioethics and applied ethics in science and technology such as environmental ethics, science ethics and technology ethics. This website is available in six different languages via the UNESCO platform. Go to:

Amnesty International

This web-site offers news, information and resources relating to health and human rights. Readers can sign up for the fortnightly electronic bulletin for health professionals and access links to related web-sites. Go to or Follow on Twitter: @amnesty

International Bioethics Committee (IBC)

The International Bioethics Committee (IBC) is a body of 36 independent experts that follows progress in the life sciences and its applications in order to ensure respect for human dignity and freedom. It was created in 1993. For more information on the work of this committee visit the following link:

Center for Ethics and Human Rights of the American Nurses Association

The Center is committed to addressing the complex ethical and human rights issues confronting nurses and designing activities and programs to increase the ethical competence and human rights sensitivity of nurses. Through the Center, ANA’s abiding commitment to the human rights dimensions of health care is demonstrated. Go to:

Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

The Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics promotes academic research and educational activities globally in the field of bioethics and aims at engaging students, trainees, the public, and policy-makers in serious discourse about related issues. The bulletin web-site offers news, information and resources relating to bioethics. Go to: or Follow on Twitter: @bermaninstitute

Canadian Bioethics Society

The Canadian Bioethics Society (CBS) is a national, member-driven, registered charity serving as a forum for individuals interested in sharing ideas relating to bioethics. Members of the CBS are engaged in a wide variety of activities including research in bioethics; health policy; bioethics teaching and education; research ethics; delivery and planning of health and health care; and public engagement and consultation on bioethics issues, amongst others. For more information visit the following link:

World Health Organization Global Health Ethics Unit

The Global Health Ethics Unit (WHO) provides a focal point for the examination of ethical issues raised by activities throughout the Organization. The unit also supports Member States in addressing ethical issues that arise in their own countries. This includes a range of global bioethics topics; from public health surveillance to developments in genomics, and from research with human beings to fair access to health services. Go to:

Postgraduate Student Committee (PSC), Institute of Medical Ethics, United Kingdom  

The Postgraduate Student Committee (PSC) itself consists of an interdisciplinary group of postgraduate students working in bioethics broadly defined- of healthcare practitioners, lawyers, ethicists and philosophers. Since 2015, the PSC has been under the umbrella of the Institute of Medical Ethics who have provided invaluable support and guidance, as well as bursaries to help ensure PGBC is accessible to as many postgraduate students as possible. We also receive support from the Wellcome Trust who have made many of our events over the last two years possible, the Analysis Trust and the Society for Applied Philosophy.

More recently the with co-chairs Georgina Morley and Louise Austin, the PSC have begun to expand their activities to include more events throughout the year in order to help keep the community connected between the annual PostGraduate Bioethics Conference. We are committed to nurturing a postgraduate community in bioethics, you can explore our website or if you would like to contact us with suggestions/ ideas for the future please email us at:

Institute of Medical Ethics (IME), United Kingdom

The IME is a charitable organisation dedicated to improving education and debate in medical ethics. The IME is founder and co-owner of the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) a leading international journal reflecting the whole field of medical ethics.

Our mission is “promoting and supporting the impartial study and understanding of medical ethics and its integration into clinical practice through education, research, and publication”. We are currently involved in organising conferences, providing grants to students interested in medical ethics and in a project to support and develop medical ethics and law teaching in UK medical schools. Website:

PEA Soup

PEA Soup is a blog designed to provide a forum for discussing philosophy, ethics, and academia. Its mission is to transcend geographical barriers so that moral philosophers from across the globe can converse in much the way that they would with their nearby colleagues. The primary subject matter is ethics, where this includes not only metaethics, normative ethical theory, and applied ethics, but also cognate areas of philosophy, including political philosophy, philosophy of action, and personal identity. The secondary foci are other philosophical issues and professional issues, such as those that arise in teaching philosophy.

The Ethics Blog – Uppsala Universitet – Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics

The majority of the blog content deals with the research that is conducted at CRB . Blog posts are often about biobanks and health care. But that is not all: the authors write about everything from neurophilosophy to genetic risk information. The Swedish blog covers more of the current national debate while its English sister is more geared towards the bioethics research community. Pär Segerdahl is editor of both blogs and they are run together with He invites you to have a look, a read and a bit of dialogue with us at Etikbloggen and the Ethics Blog. Go to:

Practical Ethics Blog – University of Oxford

In the blog Practical Ethics where you can find daily ethical analysis of news events written by authors drawn from students and researchers in four centres based at the Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford, and from our visitors and guest authors. The authors focus on current events with practical ethical relevance, including developments in science and technology, environmental policy, public health, and information ethics. Go to: or follow on Twitter: @ethicsinthenews

Center for Bioethics – Harvard Medical School

The Center is designed as a platform for integrating ethics and scientific discovery more closely than ever before, generating new forms of collaboration among students, bench scientists, clinical researchers, clinicians, practicing bioethicists, academic philosophers, historians of medicine, humanities scholars and others able to bring their disciplinary perspectives to bear on the ethical challenges posed by present and future biomedical advances. Go to: or follow on Twitter: @HMSbioethics