The Scottish Council on Human Bioethics is an independent, non-partisan and non-sectarian organisation composed of doctors, lawyers, psychologists, ethicists and other professionals from disciplines associated with medical ethics. The principles to which the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics subscribe are set out in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted and proclaimed by the UN General Assembly by resolution 217A (III) on 10 December 1948.
The Core Purposes of the Council are:
1. To collect and evaluate evidence and information relating to ethical issues in medicine from which to inform public debate in Scotland;
2. To engage, assist and advise Scottish legislators, fellow professionals and other interested parties with ethical analysis in medicine and comment on these issues;
3. To respond to media interest in Scotland by the release of relevant and reliable information and comment;
4. To encourage Scottish society to engage in ethical discussions of relevant topics in medicine and biology.