Dear Colleagues,

The SAMA Human Rights, Law and Ethics (HRLE) Committee has developed the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19): Guidance for Managing Ethical Issues.

This is a detailed guideline, which highlights the duties and obligations of Doctors and provides ethical guidelines for Doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To our knowledge this is one of the first guidelines of its kind in the world.

Although this guideline largely provides ethical guidance for Doctors, the duties and obligations of government and society, in general, are also highlighted.

The SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19): Guidance for Managing Ethical Issues is available in two formats:

  • The full guideline with all the detail
  • An abridged version below, for ease of reading.

The abridged version should be read together with the full comprehensive guideline which will soon be made available under the SAMA Governance and Legal tab for all SAMA members, as well as on the SAMA COVID-19 main page.

SAMA urges practitioners to consider the ethical concepts addressed by the guidance and implement practices recommended with regard to patient- and self-care.

Kind regards,

Dr. Mark Human
Chair SAMA Human Rights Law and Ethics Committee

You can view the Abridged Guidelines here and the Full Guidelines here.