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Ethics Committee

Ethics Committee


To coordinate the ethics-related activities of the Society.


1. Increasing awareness among EUSEM members on ethical issues as they apply to the practice of emergency medicine by reviewing and disseminating information;

2. Assisting members of EUSEM in understanding and addressing the dynamic ethical issues that confront the practice of EM.

3. Timely Ethical Issues:

  • identifying existing ethics materials and developing content for use in educational programs at meetings;
  • choosing timely ethical issues and developing a white paper or symposium on that issue for a subsequent meeting.


4. Ethics Education by:

  • serving as an educational resource, but not as an adjudication body, for EUSEM members seeking guidance on ethics issues;
  • developing and overseeing ethics-related activities which will promote the Society’s standards of ethical conduct within the profession and its related disciplines;
  • helping in the development of the curriculum pertaining to the teaching of ethics.


5. Ethics Research by:

  • guidance on approval from hospital ethics committee;
  • developing guidelines on the ethics of clinical research and its funding in emergency medicine;
  • advising on the ethics of authorship, of subjects’ rights on informed consent and publication.


6.Ethics Technology by:

  • identifying ethical issues pertaining to technology and the pharma-industry.
  • To be the point of reference for EUSEM members interested in cooperating in the development and the dissemination of the Section’s goals.
  • To encourage physicians who practice Disaster Medicine to participate in EUSEM activities.
  • To stimulate and implement the cooperation among EUSEM and its DM section on the one hand and other stakeholders, such as ‘groups of interest’ (WHO-Europe, Civil Protection Agencies and European Health Ministries, International Societies), and international bodies specifically dedicated to Disaster Medicine on the other.
  • To be fully responsible for the academic programme of Disaster Medicine within scientific events organised or endorsed by the EUSEM.
  • To initiate, promote, and disseminate educational activities in Disaster Medicine through courses, projects, establishment of clinical guidelines.
  • To serve as peer reviewers for papers on Disaster Medicine submitted to the European Journal of Emergency Medicine.
  • To actively help in the development of common, trans-national protocols which could be extremely useful throughout the European continent in case of natural or man-made disaster, with disaster specialists and operators speaking a common ‘language’.
  • To foster the culture of Disaster Medicine, especially among emergency physicians, as core healthcare givers in case of disaster.
  • To elaborate and promote a common curriculum in Disaster Medicine for Medical School undergraduates, as natural recipients, as well as future healthcare givers and Emergency Medicine residents, as future EM specialists.
  • To establish an overview of the different Medical Schools curricula and EM residencies.
  • To seek dialogue and interaction with other scientific EM/DM societies throughout Europe to better understand local problems and conditions.


Askitopoulou, Helen (Chair)

United Kingdom

Babakhanlou, Rodrick (Young EM Doctors Section Representative)

United Kingdom

Beattie, Tom


Benter, Thomas

United Kingdom

Foex, Bernard


Garcia-Castrillo, Luis (Research Committee Representative)

Hong Kong

Graham, Colin (Editor of EJEM)


Petrino, Roberta (EUSEM President/Ex-officio member)


Leach, Robert (Professional Committee Representative)


Sabbe, Marc (EUSEM Honorary Treasurer)

Czech Republic

Šeblová, Jana (EUSEM Honorary Secretary)


Spiteri, Anna (Education Committee Representative)


Spruyt, Carolina

United Kingdom

Williams, David (Past-President UEMS EM Section)


Thompson, Peter


For further details, please contact the Committee Chair:

Helen Askitopoulou
[email protected]

Contact Information


For further details, please contact the Committee Chair:

Helen Askitopoulou
[email protected]