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Canadian Association of Practicing Healthcare Ethicists – Association canadienne des éthiciens en soins de santé

CAPHE-ACESS is a voluntary professional association whose members have an interest in pursuing or contributing to the professionalization of practicing healthcare ethicists in Canada.  

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What is the purpose of CAPHE-ACESS?

The purpose of CAPHE-ACESS is to promote excellence in healthcare ethics practice. 

Why is CAPHE-ACESS doing this work?

The overarching aim of CAPHE-ACESS is to improve healthcare ethics practice, develop a shared definition of what we do as practicing healthcare ethicists, and promote high standards in how we are prepared for and engage in our practice.  

Definition of Practicing Healthcare Ethicist (PHE):

A practicing healthcare ethicist has dedicated work responsibilities within a healthcare organization to provide a variety of ethics-related services which include more than one of the following: clinical and/or organizational ethics consultation; policy development and/or review; ethics education for staff; management of ethics programs (including clinical ethics committees); mentoring of staff/learners; and conducting research ethics consultations.

This definition is not intended to include those whose primary ethics-related responsibilities are academic scholarly work and/or involvement with research ethics boards.

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