Ethic committee members support health care institutions with three major functions: providing clinical ethics consultation, developing and/or revising policies pertaining to clinical ethics and hospital policy, and facilitating education about topical issues in clinical ethics.
The underlying goals of ethic committee are:
Ethic committee members often help resolve ethical conflicts and answer ethical questions through the provision of consultations.
Ethic committee have expanded its traditional functions to become more comprehensive ethics programs. It address both clinical and organizational ethics issues. Ethic program provide ethics consultations in response to non-clinical ethics questions, identify and remedy systems-level factors that induce or exacerbate ethical problems and/or impede their resolution (often using quality improvement methods), and promote a positive ethics culture throughout the institution. Thus, the additional goals of ethic program include: