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Advisory Panels and Committees

Advisory panels and committees make recommendations, give advice, identify important issues, and produce reports to guide decision making. An organization uses impartial advisory panels and committees to increase the scope of its moral imagination to deal with uncertain situations with which its own members lack familiarity. Current examples of such uncertain situations that advisory panels and committees have been called on to address include the consequences of biotechnology and nanotechnology, medical care providing experimental therapies, and the use of surveillance technology in free societies.

In addition to the need for guidance in uncertain situations, it may be difficult to make decisions that are credible to all stakeholders when the decision maker’s self-interest also is at stake. It is helpful, therefore, to balance the subjectivity of decision ...

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