J Med Ethics 30:259-263 doi:10.1136/jme.2004.008540
  • Symposium on circumcision

The law and ethics of male circumcision: guidance for doctors

  1. British Medical Association
  1. Correspondence to:
 Medical Ethics Department, British Medical Association, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP, UK;


    1. Aim of the guidelines

    2. Principles of good practice

    3. Circumcision for medical purposes

    4. Non-therapeutic circumcision

     4.1. The law

      4.1.1. Summary: the law

     4.2. Consent and refusal

      4.2.1. Children’s own consent

      4.2.2. Parents’ consent

      4.2.3. Summary: consent and refusal

     4.3. Best interests

      4.3.1. Summary: best interests

     4.4. Health issues

     4.5. Standards

     4.6. Facilities

     4.7. Charging patients

     4.8. Conscientious objection

    5. Useful addresses

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