Due care criteria

By law, physicians who perform euthanasia or assist in suicide are committing a criminal offence. However, they are not criminally liable if they comply with the statutory due care criteria and notify the municipal pathologist of their actions.

What do the due care criteria say?

The statutory due care criteria say that the physician must:

  • have come to the conclusion, together with the patient, that there is no reasonable alternative in the patient’s situation;