FIAMC Bio-Medical Ethics Centre Mumbai INDIA

(FIAMC: Federation Internationale des Associations Medical Catholique)
The FIAMC Bio-Medical Ethics Centre [FBMEC] was established in Bombay in September 1981 to study and debate the ethical status of various actions - experimental, diagnostic or therapeutic - in the bio-medical field within the ethic of culture, religion and the modern secular state. MORE

Certificate Course in Healthcare Ethics 2012 - 2013


For Whom: The course is open to everyone from all walks of life and in particular - catechists, nurses, teachers, lecturers, religious men and women, social workers, health care workers, counselors, youth and those working with NGO’s.

Aims and objectives: To enlighten the participants on important moral issues affecting our lives from birth till death. At the end of the course, each participant will be confident to understand ethical problems and also help other people confronted with moral dilemmas to make right decisions.

Content and Format: The entire programme is in eight capsules spread over a period of nine months from July 2012 to March 2012. Each capsule involves ONLY ONE Sunday per month, from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm.

Faculty: The faculty consists of 35 reputed medical consultants, legal professionals, and ethicists who provide interactive sessions with power points and teach in a very simple way.

Inauguration: The inauguration of the course is open to the general public. So, even if one may not wish to attend the course, all are welcome for the inauguration on Saturday, 21 July 2012, 4.30 to 7.30 pm at the F.I.A.M.C. Bio-Medical Ethics Centre, Goregaon East.

For Further Information and Registration: Kindly contact F.I.A.M.C. Bio-Medical Ethics Centre, St. Pius College Complex, Aarey Road, Goregaon East, Mumbai 400063. Tel: 29270933, Monday to Friday, from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Alternatively, you can E-mail: or call Cell: 9820332965 from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm. Course fees for the entire year is Rs 5,000 and is inclusive of meals served.


Consent is an agreement / permission given by the patient to the doctor who is doing any surgery to his or her body. This is a standard procedure in hospitals. One has the duty to one’s own body and no one can do anything without the permission of the patients consent.
Informed Consent is not only getting the patient to sign on the consent form but to take the informed consent of the patient. Consent must be given by the patient. The patient has to sign first. This is extremely important. The signature has to be taken much before the operation and not just before the operation.

The patient must be informed about the following:
i) The nature of the operation – What, Why, How, of the operation. Who is the Chief Surgeon?
ii) The risks, success and failures and complications
iii) If there is an alternative treatment.
iv) A clean picture must be given to the patient.
v) Make a disclosure of oneself and through Nurses or Paramedical staff.
vi) Operation should be taken seriously.

Confidentiality is the secrecy that the doctor has to keep about the patient’s sickness. The doctor cannot give the patient’s information unless the patient gives in writing that he / she has no objection.

When confidentiality is broken a lot of problems are created in families, in the work place or society. Breach of confidentiality can become a medico-legal issue and a source of litigation. It has brought about divorce, unemployment or discrimination.

The Doctor should inform the patient about HIV and make him understand and tell him that he should inform his close relatives. If that is not done, then the doctor has the right to inform the relatives of the patients. In certain cases where someone can be saved from some disease i.e HIV, it can be informed to the concerned party. In courts, police department, public health and authorities can be told.
Hazel Mendonca and Henrietta Monseratte (Present Participants 2011-2012)