International Association of Catholic Bioethics (IACB)
The IACB – an association founded in 2005 by various associations of the Order, which the Canadian Association led in incorporating, is increasing its activities as a network for international collaboration among Catholic bioethicists to promote ethics in health care and research. Changes in health care are rapid and complex and give rise to many ethical issues that call for reflection and action in light of our Catholic faith.
The IACB shares and synthesizes understanding through discussions; and develops consensus statements and other resources in ethics for health policy makers, healthcare professionals, clergy and the laity. Its rigorous academic and collaborative approaches have earned widespread respect. By advancing Catholic thinking in bioethics, particularly on topics in health care that affect the most vulnerable in our world, the IACB supports the Order’s mission of maintaining the faith and devotedly serving the poor and the sick. As recognition of its credibility, the IACB was appointed by the Sovereign Council of the Order of Malta to be the centre of expertise for all questions the Sovereign Council has on bioethics.