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Certification for Health Care Ethics Consultants: An Update

At its April 2017 meeting, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Board of Directors considered the final reports of the Healthcare Ethics Consultation (HCEC) Certification Task Force that was appointed in July 2016.


On the basis of the role delineation study and needs assessment conducted by the task force, the board approved in concept the development of a voluntary, professional certification program to validate the professional knowledge and professional legitimacy of individual healthcare ethics consultants.


The next steps are to refine the competencies, structure, charges, and budget for the group of volunteer leaders that will lead this effort. The board anticipates opening a call for applications after its July meeting and making appointments in September.

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