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Bioethics governance in Israel: an expert regime

Carmel Shalev, Yael Hashiloni Dolev

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2011.063


Abstract

This paper provides an overview of bioethics governance in Israel through an analytical description of the legal framework for the interface between individuals and biomedical practices. There is no national agency with general oversight of bioethics policy and decision making, and the rules that apply to individual usage of biomedical technologies are laid down in a multitude of different statutes, regulations and administrative directives. Expert committees play a central role in this regulatory system in two capacities: as governmental advisory bodies that recommend policy; and as decision-making bodies that resolve conflicts around patients’ rights or grant individual access to biomedical technologies.

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