Contemporary Medical Ethics: An Overview From Iran
Developing World Bioethics 2008 December; 8(3): 192-196
The growing potential of biomedical technologies has increasingly been associated with discussions surrounding the ethical aspects of the new technologies in different societies. Advances in genetics, stem cell research and organ transplantation are some of the medical issues that have raised important ethical and social issues. Special attention has been paid towards moral ethics in Islam and medical and religious professions in Iran have voiced the requirement for an emphasis on ethics. In the last decade, great strides have been made in biomedical ethics, especially in the field of education, research and legislation. In this article, contemporary medical ethics in Iran, and the related moral philosophy, have been reviewed in brief and we have discussed some of the activities in the field of medical ethics that have been carried out in our country within recent years. These activities have included the establishment of the National and Regional Committees for Medical Research Ethics and the production of national codes of ethics in biomedical research in the 1990 s and the introduction of a comprehensive strategic plan for medical ethics at the national level in 2002. This paper will discuss these issues, along with the production, in 2005, of the Specific National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research.
Advisory Committees; Autonomy; Beneficence; Bioethical Issues; Biomedical Research; Biomedical Technologies; Codes of Ethics; Communication; Education; Ethics; Genetics; Guidelines; Historical Aspects; Human Experimentation; Interdisciplinary Communication; Islamic Ethics; Justice; Legislation; Medical Education; Medical Ethics; Medieval History; Modern History; Philosophy; Policy Making; Principle-Based Ethics; Program Descriptions; Research; Research Ethics; Transplantation; Philosophical Ethics; Religious Ethics; Bioethics; Bioethics Education; Human Experimentation Policy Guidelines / Institutional Review Boards;
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