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Press Release 05/2022 Meet the German Ethics Council! Adolescents report on their lives during the pandemic

On 28 September 2022, the German Ethics Council debates in Berlin with adolescents about ethical challenges in the context of the Corona pandemic. During the event titled “Meet the German Ethics Council! Our Life in the Pandemic”, the participants address the question: How did young people experience the Corona pandemic and what can the Ethics Council learn from them? Large parts of it will be broadcast via livestream with opportunities for digital interaction.

Press Release 04/2022 German Ethics Council: Strengthening suicide prevention and self-determination

On 22 September 2022, the German Ethics Council presented its Opinion “Suicide – Responsibility, Prevention and Autonomy” at the Federal Press Conference in Berlin. In this Opinion, the Council pursues three central aims: to create appropriate awareness of the complexity of suicidality, to specify the preconditions for fully autonomous suicide decisions, and to highlight the different responsibilities of various stakeholders in the context of suicide decisions and prevention.

Press Release 03/2022 Ethics Council discusses expensive medicines

How to deal with issues surrounding extremely expensive medicines in a just way? Who determines the prices, who pays them and who has access to such therapies? The German Ethics Council is holding its annual meeting at the Hotel Estrel in Berlin and via livestream on 22 June 2022, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Both with experts and the general public, the ethical challenges are discussed that arise when high-priced new medicines are used in a context of limited resources. One aim is to identify reasonable criteria for a sustainable and fair assessment, pricing and distribution of these drugs.

Press Release 02/2022 Lessons learned: German Ethics Council offers orientation for future ways to deal with a pandemic

Today, the German Ethics Council presents to the public its latest Opinion, in which it reflects on the experience gathered in the struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic and draws conclusions for future ways to deal with a pandemic. The Council develops important ethical criteria for complex decisions and presents recommendations to improve the response to particular vulnerabilities of individuals and institutions, and to strengthen their resilience.