News

Current topics

At present we work on a report on somatic and heritable genediting. This year we have focus on several topics under the umbrella "Genetic integrity 2.0" and the council follow up ethical questions raised by the ungoing pandemic.

Webinar: Ethical choices in a pandemic – a Swedish perspective

Webinar on Ethical choices in a pandemic – a Swedish perspective on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (CET) arranged by the Nordic Committee on Bioethics ( NCBio) in cooperation with the Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics (Smer)

Webinar on global ethics in a time of pandemic

The Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics and the Center for Applied Ethics, Linköping University, are hosting a webbinar on global ethics and justice in a pandemic.

Ethical challenges associated with AI must be dealt with

The ethical challenges associated with AI in healthcare must be taken seriously, if we are to fully exploit the opportunities that the technology opens up. This is a conclusion in a new report from the Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics.

New report: Ethical choices in a pandemic

The Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics (Smer) provides an overview of the core ethical values, problems and challenges that are actualised in a pandemic, based on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

New chair and members appointed

Lena Hallengren, Minister for Health and Social Affairs has appointed Kenneth Johansson as new chair for The Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics.

Smer calls for the government to review the current legislation on gene technology

Since the Genetic Integrity Act (2006:351) came into force 2006, new technologies have been developed that are not covered by the law. According to Smer, there is a need for a national strategy for the field of gene technology in order to promote an ethically sustainable and safe developement where respect for human dignity is preserved.

Two new Smer comments published

The Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics has published two new comments: one regarding care of intersexual children, and the other fetal reduction.

Current work: a factual report concerning assisted death

In the Swedish media there is an ongoing debate over autonomy at the end of life and whether assisted death in any form should be legalized. Smer is currently working on a factual report concerning assisted death.

Watch lectures from Ethics Day 2016

The theme for the conference was “Self-determination, physician assisted dying and care at the end of life”. Among the participants were professors Wayne Sumner and Anthony Back who gave presentations concerning physician-assisted suicide in Canada and in the United States.