Debating an Accreditation Council

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Should those who purport to train individual clinical ethics consultants using the ASBH educational core competencies as a guide establish an Accreditation Council on Graduate Bioethics Education (ACGBE)?

Draft initial directives to the officers of the Provisional Accreditation Council on Graduate Bioethics Education (pACGBE)

1. Certify the signatories (or their designated alternates) as founding and voting members of the pACGBE by name and affiliated organization or institution from their signatures on the compact to establish the pACGBE, recalling that only one (1) person may sign the compact from each regionally accredited or nationally affiliated clinical ethics educational program that purports to train individual clinical ethics consultants or that graduates students who make the unchallenged claim that they have the peer-accepted educational background and skills to serve as individual clinical ethics consultants;

2. Meet face-to-face or electronically as necessary and as often to conduct business affairs and carry out the initial directives for the officers of the pACGBE;

3. Conduct the business affairs and carry out the initial directives to the officers of the pACGBE faithfully and expediently and in an open and transparent, usual and customary manner;

4. Develop and draft articles of incorporation for an Accreditation Council on Graduate Bioethics Education (ACGBE) and submit the draft to voting members of the pACGBE for their consideration and approval by at least a seventy-five-percent (75%) super-majority vote of the pACGBE;

5. Include in the draft articles of incorporation of the ACGBE a provision for the creation of a founding board of directors, with each member to serve after election for a term of three (3) years, with some of the initial incumbents chosen by lot serving less than a term of three (3) years so as to allow for proportional staggered terms of the members of the board of directors in perpetuity, and with each member permitted the right of re-election to a second full three-year (3-year) term before leaving the board of directors for at least one (1) year before being permitted to serve on the board of directors again; additionally, with no two (2) members of the board of directors being employed or affiliated with the same educational program; and no three (3) members of the board of directors being residents of the same state or province;

6. Include in the draft articles of incorporation of an ACGBE a provision that prescribes the election of a board of directors of the ACGBE that allows for the following members:

  • Five (5) persons to be elected by a greater than a fifty-percent (50%) majority of the voting members of the pACGBE from a slate of at least seven (7) candidates nominated by the officers of the pACGBE;
  • Two (2) persons to be elected by a greater than a fifty-percent (50%) majority of the voting members of the pACGBE from a slate of at least three (3) candidates nominated by the board of directors of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH);
  • Two (2) persons to be elected by a greater than a fifty-percent (50%) majority of the voting members of the pACGBE from a slate of at least three (3) candidates nominated by the board of directors of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors (ABPD); and
  • Two (2) persons to be elected by a greater than a fifty-percent (50%) majority of the voting members of the pACGBE from a slate of at least three (3) candidates nominated by the officers of the pACGBE who have no familial, financial, or professional relationship with any post-baccalaureate educational program that purports to train individual clinical ethics consultants or that graduates students who make the unchallenged claim that they have the peer-accepted educational background and skills to serve as individual clinical ethics consultants;

7. Include in the draft articles of incorporation of the ACGBE a provision that allows for additional members of the board of directors at a future date if peer-recognized organizations which might certify individual clinical ethics consultants (for example, an organization such as an American board of clinical ethics consultants) and which might represent individual clinical ethics consultants professionally (for example, an organization such as an American college of clinical ethics consultants) evolve:

  • Two (2) persons to be elected by a greater than a fifty-percent (50%) majority of the voting members of the ACGBE from a slate of at least three (3) candidates nominated by the board of directors of the peer-recognized organization that certifies individual clinical ethics consultants; and
  • Two (2) persons to be elected by a greater than a fifty-percent (50%) majority of the voting members of the ACGBE from a slate of at least three (3) candidates nominated by the board of directors of the peer-recognized organization that represents individual clinical ethics consultants professionally;

8. Include in the draft articles of incorporation of an ACGBE a provision for the election of a chair, a vice-chair, and a secretary-treasurer for one year terms without the right of re-election to the same office of the ACGBE board of directors from and by its membership by greater than a fifty-percent (50%) majority of the voting members;

9. Register the name ACCREDITATION COUNCIL ON GRADUATE BIOETHICS EDUCATION and approved articles of incorporation in the office of an appropriate state official;

10.  Organize and oversee the election of the board of directors and officers as prescribed by the approved and registered articles of incorporation of the ACGBE;

11.  Invite representatives of the ASBH, representatives of the ABPD, and interested individual clinical ethics consultation professionals and citizens to join in this effort to further the provision and improvement of clinical ethics consultation services for the benefit of the public and in the public interest; and

12.  Prepare a draft pre-printed form document for use by the managing director (regardless of title held) of any post-baccalaureate educational program that purports to train individual clinical ethics consultants or that graduates students who make the unchallenged claim that they have the peer-accepted educational background and skills to serve as individual clinical ethics consultants to make application to the ACGBE for provisional accreditation or for accreditation if any trainees have completed a prescribed course of study and received a certificate or diploma, with this pre-printed form document not to exceed five (5) pages when completed including required attestation signatures and supporting materials, and this document being available for presentation as a draft to the founding board of directors of the ACGBE at their first meeting.

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