Covid-19 Resources

We face the worst public health emergency in a century. The world's bioethics community has joined colleagues in clinical practice, hospital administration, biomedical research, faith communities, law and government in an extraordinary effort to respond to the Coronavirus. The Florida Bioethics Network is contributing to this response by developing and sharing various resources. Some of those are provided here. Though some of these resources might normally be placedin the "members only" section of the website, they are made freely available here as a service to the community. If your institution makes use of any of these resources, it should join Florida's leading health care organizations by becoming an institutional member.

Guidelines for Crisis Standards

The “Ethics Guidelines for Crisis Standards of Care in Public Health Emergencies” has been approved by the FBN Advisory Board and endorsed by the Florida Hospital Association Board of Trustees. It is subject to ongoing revision and fine-tuning. No FBN members are authorized to speak on behalf of any institution they might work or volunteer for, and any listing of members’ institutions is for identification purposes only. This document does not provide, and should not be inferred to provide, legal advice of any kind. For legal questions, contact qualified legal counsel.

This document is the workproduct of dozens of people. It is provided as a service to the community. If your institution uses or quotes from these Guidelines, please email Any and all use of the document in whole or in part is made with the understanding and acceptance of the fact that no representation as to its suitability or fitness for any purpose whatsoever has been or is made or implied.


These Bulletins are shared periodically to inform the state's healthcare ethics committees about issues arising in the COVID-19 pandemic.


The FBN and other institutions have launched a webinar series to inform and educate Florida's bioethics community about Coronavirus issues.

  • March 16, 2020, "Pandemics: The Role of Bioethics Committees" Webinar | Slides 
  • April 21, 2020, in conjunction with Florida Hospital Association, "Preparing for the Worst-Case Scenario: Florida Bioethics Network Crisis Standards Guidelines" Webinar | Slides
  • April 24, 2020, Veterans Affairs, Jackson Health System and University of Miami ethics committee chairs host an open forum Webinar
  • July 15, 2020, Empire State Bioethics Consortium, Ethics Consultations During COVID Webinar
  • July 23, 2020, University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing Webinar

Educational Resources

Other Resources

In addition, the FBN, in conjunction with the University of Miami and Florida International University, maintains a list of links to a range of resources available from governments, healthcare institutions, and other organizations on issues ranging from privacy to informatics: Pandemic Ethics Resources.

From the Archives 

November 9, 2007 | FBN conference in Sarasota: Preparing for the Coming Pandemic


Updated 27 July 2020