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National Bioethics Advisory Commission Records

Identifier: BRL-014

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the records of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC), including meeting materials, reports, and the Commission's website.


  • 1996 - 2001


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.

Historical Note

The National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC) was established by President Bill Clinton in October 1995. NBAC held 46 meetings between 1997 and 2001 and produced eight reports. Executive Order 12975 defined the functions of NBAC as follows:

(a) NBAC shall provide advice and make recommendations to the National Science and Technology Council and to other appropriate government entities regarding the following matters: the appropriateness of departmental, agency, or other governmental programs, policies, assignments, missions, guidelines, and regulations as they relate to bioethical issues arising from research on human biology and behavior; and applications, including the clinical applications, of that research.

(b) NBAC shall identify broad principles to govern the ethical conduct of research, citing specific projects only as illustrations for such principles.

(c) NBAC shall not be responsible for the review and approval of specific projects.

(d) In addition to responding to requests for advice and recommendations from the National Science and Technology Council, NBAC also may accept suggestions of issues for consideration from both the Congress and the public. NBAC also may identify other bioethical issues for the purpose of providing advice and recommendations, subject to the approval of the National Science and Technology Council.


5.5 Cubic Feet (in 5 record storage cartons)

Language of Materials



The National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC) was established by President Bill Clinton in October 1995. This collection contains meeting materials and reports produced by NBAC, as well as the Commission's website.


The collection is organized into three series:

Series 1: Meeting Files, 1996-2001

Series 2: Reports, 1996-2001

Series 3: Website, 2001

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Briefing books for meetings 28-29 and 31-34 belonged to LeRoy Walters. The source of other items in the collection is unknown, but they were likely provided by NBAC to the Bioethics Research Library between 1997 and 2001.

Processing Information

The collection has been rehoused in archival-quality boxes. Material held in binders or folders have been rehoused in archival-quality folders.

Storage Location:

This collection is held in offsite storage.

Guide to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission Records
John Zarrillo
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Bioethics Research Library Archives Repository

102 Healy Hall
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057