The ICRC together with the 4 organisations World Medical Association (WMA), the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM), the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) established a document on common ethical principles of health-care applicable in times of armed conflict and other emergencies.
The resulting "Ethical Principles of Health Care in Times of Armed Conflict and Other Emergencies" is a first-of-its-kind code of ethics that provides a common core for these major international health-care organizations, which represent more than 30 million people from both the military and civilian realms. It aims to provide guidelines for the relationship between patients and health-care workers, so as to ensure the preservation of physical and mental health and to alleviate suffering. The principles underlying this relationship apply in times of armed conflict and other emergencies, thereby facilitating the oft-arduous application of ethics in wartime. In this sense, these Ethical Principles of Health Care constitute a significant negotiation tool for health-care personnel (in and beyond the humanitarian domain) with the authorities.
The document and its code of ethics will be officially presented during a livestreamed conference hosted by the ICRC. The event, held at the ICRC's Humanitarium on 30 June 2015 from 18:00-19:30 (GMT+2), gathers senior representatives from the signatory organizations, in a panel discussion about the significance of these principles.