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.



Askitopoulou, Helen (Chair)

United Kingdom

Babakhanlou, Rodrick

United Kingdom

Beattie, Tom


Almeida, Vitor

United Kingdom

Foex, Bernard


Garcia-Castrillo, Luis (EUSEM President/Ex-officio member)


Freund, Yonathan


Leach, Robert (EUSEM Vice-President)


Sabbe, Marc (EUSEM Honorary Treasurer)

Czech Republic

Šeblová, Jana


Spruyt, Carolina

United Kingdom

Williams, David (Past-President UEMS EM Section)


Thompson, Peter


Keller, Dagmar

Contact Information


For further details, please contact the Committee Chair:

Helen Askitopoulou
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BOARD LIAISON: Robert Leach, Vice-President