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Biomedical Ethics Advisory Committee Records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: BRL-013
The collection consists of records related to the Biomedical Ethics Advisory Committee (BEAC). It includes transcripts of the committee's two meetings, the briefing book for the second meeting, meeting notes, correspondence, and other records. The collection includes a mix of records that belonged to Robert Cook-Deegan (acting executive director), Claire L. Pouncey (research assistant), and Edmund D. Pellegrino (vice-chairman).


  • 1988 - 1989


Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.


0.5 Cubic Feet (in 1 manuscript box)

Historical Note

The Biomedical Ethics Advisory Committee (BEAC) was formed in 1987 to counsel the congressional members of the national Biomedical Ethics Board on ethical issues that arise in the delivery of healthcare and biomedical research. The group functioned only briefly from late 1988 to early 1989. The BEAC did not release any reports.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection is comprised of four accessions. Robert Cook-Deegan and Claire L. Pouncey donated both meeting transcripts in 1989 (Accession 016). Edmund D. Pellegrino donated his records related to the committee in 1989 (Accession 021). LeRoy Walters donated an additional transcript for the second meeting in 1990 (Accession 028). Robert Cook-Deegan donated additional materials related to the second meeting in 1990 (Accession 033).

Processing Information

The collection was processed by John Zarrillo in November 2020.
Guide to the Biomedical Ethics Advisory Committee Records
John Zarrillo
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Bioethics Research Library Archives Repository

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