Records of the RCOG Ethics Committee

Scope and Content

Papers of the RCOG Ethics Committee, including notes of meetings and related papers, correspondence files of the Chairman of the committee, and published committee reports and papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Ethics (or Ethical) Committee was established in 1982 to consider the ethical aspects and legal implications of matters of concern affecting the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology. It has considered a wide range of issues such as abortion, assisted reproduction, sex selection, female genital mutilation, the use of fetuses for research, gene therapy, court-authorised obstetric intervention, patient consent, personal health information and critical care decisions.


As received.

Access Information

Permission is required from RCOG Senior Management via the College Archivist for external access to College records less than twenty years old.

Acquisition Information

Internal transfers from the Secretary to the Ethics Committee

Related Material

Related material at the RCOG can be found at the following references:

RCOG/A4/21-25 President's papers relating to the Ethics Committee

RCOG/C12 Joint Medical Research Council and RCOG Voluntary Licensing Authority for Human in Vitro Fertilisation and Embryology

RCOG/B10/10 Artificial insemination (later Fertility) sub-committee