After the Italian Constitutional Court’s ruling on the absence of criminal liability for assisted suicide: the role of ethics committees and clinical ethics


The Constitutional Court handed down a judgment on 25 September 2019 following on from that Court’s Order No 207 of 24 October 2018. The issue of constitutionality of Article 580 of the Criminal Code, in the part about the punishment of the aid to suicide, was raised by the Court of Milan. According to the Court “under certain conditions, a person who facilitates the execution of the suicide intention, autonomously and freely formed, of a patient kept alive by life support treatments and affected by a irreversible pathology, source of physical or psychological suffering that he considers intolerable but fully capable of making free and conscious decisions”.

According to the Court, a local ethics committee must provide an opinion in all cases involving a request for medically-assisted suicide.


Bioethics; Ethics Committees; Law; Medical Assisted Suicide

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