The World Medical Association (WMA) celebrated its 70th anniversary this week and used the opportunity to highlight the need to continue efforts to promote and develop the highest standards of medical ethics in the profession.
Despite remarkable progress in the field over the past seven decades years, the WMA says “there are still challenges” in ensuring the highest standards of medical ethics.
“The WMA has clear rules on what physicians should and should not do in their daily care of patients, their research, in dealing with disasters and even during war.
“But with conflict zones around the world, we still have to make it clear that doctors must not involve themselves in any way in torture and degrading treatment or punishment,” said WMA President Dr Ketan Desai.
The WMA was originally founded on September 18, 1947, following the experience of doctors during World War II, who believed it was necessary to establish a new international medical organisation to develop medical ethics and to cooperate globally at that time. Since that date, it has become the global platform to develop the ethical rules of the profession.