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COVID-19 and Ethics


In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the potential for rationing of intensive care services due to resource scarcity, we have published a position statement on the triage of patients in the context of access to intensive care services.  Our position statement can be found here:

International & European Organisations

Council of Europe

Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) COVID-19 webpage

Statement on Human Rights considerations relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic

Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law: webpage on the impact of COVID-19 on human rights and rule of law

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Fundamental Rights implications of COVID-19

European Organisation for Rare Diseases

Statement on critical care guidelines during COVID-19 pandemic

Human Rights Watch

COVID-19 response

Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

New England Journal of Medicine - Ethical perspectives

Fair allocation of scarce medical resources in the time of COVID-19 (EJ Ezekiel et al)

Nuffield Council of Bioethics

COVID-19 resources

World Health Organisation

Ethical standards for research during public health emergencies: distilling existing guidance to support COVID-19 R&D

Guidance for managing ethical issues in infectious disease outbreaks


Addressing human rights as key to the COVID-19 response

World Medical Association

Statement on medical ethics in the event of disasters

National Organisations and Associations

Belgian Society of Intensive Care Medicine

Ethical principles concerning proportionality of critical care during the COVID-19 pandemic in Belgium

British Medical Association

Guidance note on COVID-19 ethical issues

Deutsche Ethikrat (Germany)

Solidarity and responsibility during the COVID-19 pandemic

Comité Consultatif National d’Ethique (France)

Ethical reflections from the CCNE during the COVID-19 pandemic

Espace Ethique Région Ile-de-France (France)

COVID-19 Observatory on Ethics and Society

Ethics and decision-making in the intensive care setting

Irish Department of Health (Ireland)

Ethical Framework for Decision-Making in a Pandemic

Commission Nationale d'Ethique (Luxembourg)

Position statement on ethical standards for referring patients in situations of limited clinical resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic


Clinical Ethics Recommendations for the Allocation of Intensive Care Treatments 

Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences

Guidance on triage for intensive care treatment under resource scarcity during the COVID-19 pandemic (available in english, french, german and italian)

Guidance on palliative care for elderly and frail patients during the COVID-19 pandemic (available in english, french, german and italian)



Last Updated: Wednesday 06 May 2020


  • Acknowledgements

    These resources on COVID19 were collected as part of Alzheimer Europe's 2020 Work Plan which received funding under an operating grant from the European Union’s Health Programme (2014-2020).
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