End of Life
The Guide on the decision-making process regarding medical treatment in end-of-life situations was drawn up by the Committee on Bioethics (DH‑BIO) of the Council of Europe in the course of its work on patients rights and with the intention of facilitating the implementation of the principles enshrined in the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Oviedo Convention, ETS No. 164, 1997).
Most recently, two seminars were organised in 2016 to introduce the Turkish and Armenian versions of the Guide.
A Launching Conference of the Guide on the decision-making process regarding medical treatment in end-of-life situations, organised by the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO), took place on 5 May 2014 in Strasbourg, France, under the auspices of the Austrian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
The objective of this conference was not only to present the Guide, but also to benefit from the feedback of professionals and patients on this document.
A Symposium on the decision-making process regarding medical treatment in end-of-life situations was held on 30 November– 1 December 2010.
150 professionals from all relevant disciplines - medical doctors, nurses, carers, lawyers, philosophers, etc.- attended the meeting, as well as representatives of patients. They clarified certain concepts and identified points of convergence and possible divergences on issues related to the decision-making process concerning medical treatment in end of life situation.
 The interpretation of the seminars, conferences and other events serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic record of the proceedings. Only the original speech is authentic. No liability shall be incurred by the interpreter in the exercise of his/her function
The previously expressed wishes relating to health care. Common principles and differing rules in national legal systems. Report prepared by Prof. Roberto Andorno
Medical decisions in end-of-life situations and the ethical implications of the available options. Report prepared by Dr. Hacpille