Vulnerable Persons Standard

  • March 1, 2016
  • Kimberly Srivastava

Key stakeholders from across Canada have come together to create the Vulnerable Persons Standard. This standard is intended to act as a guide for legislative representatives who will be drafting the laws related to physician assisted death.

The Vulnerable Persons Standard is a series of evidence-based safeguards intended to protect the lives of Canadians. These safeguards will help to ensure that Canadians requesting assistance from physicians to end their life can do so without jeopardizing the lives of vulnerable persons who may be subject to coercion and abuse.”

The standard is intended to balance access to physician assisted death with the need to protect those whose vulnerability may motivate a request to seek assistance in dying; such as persons with disabilities. The standard proposes safeguards aimed at protecting vulnerable applicants.

Learn more about the standard here (link).

Read the standard here (link).

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