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The aim of the Commission

The Commission on Assisted Dying shall:

  • Investigate the circumstances under which it should be possible for people to be assisted to die
  • Recommend what system, if any, should exist to allow people to be assisted to die
  • Identify who should be entitled to be assisted to die
  • Determine what safeguards should be put in place to ensure that vulnerable people are neither abused nor pressured to choose an assisted death
  • Recommend what changes in the law, if any, should be introduced

The Commission on Assisted Dying will proceed in its investigation through a variety of means including hearing evidence, consulting experts and studying practices in other countries. As far as possible the commission will publish any evidence or expert material it receives. The commission’s conclusions will be based solely upon the evidence it receives.

The Commission on Assisted Dying will run over a period of approximately 12 months. It will culminate in the publication of an independent report based on the evidence that it has collected before the end of 2011.