The Council has published a new set of teaching resources based on its report Human bodies: donation for medicine and research (2011) which considers the ethical acceptability of various ways of encouraging people to donate for the treatment of others and for medical research.

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This set of materials have been designed for use with students at Key Stage 4 and equivalent. It provides an introduction to organ and tissue donation, looks at different levels of intervention to encourage people to donate, and explores the meaning of ethical values that are often used in the context of donation. It also includes case studies and links to other resources for further discussion.

The resources were produced by the Council’s Education Advisory Group.

More bioethics resources

Resources on previous Council topics including the ethics of biofuels, dementia, animals in research and the forensic use of bioinformation are available at