J Med Ethics 16:5-13 doi:10.1136/jme.16.1.5
  • Research Article

Danish ethics council rejects brain death as the criterion of death.

  1. B A Rix
  1. Danish Council of Ethics.


      In Denmark, which alone in Western Europe has not accepted brain death as the criterion of death, the newly established Danish Council of Ethics has issued a report suggesting that in Denmark the criterion of death should still be the cessation of cardiac activity. The council bases its conclusion on the concept of death in everyday experience and its ethical implications.