Assisted suicide


Assisted suicide

During assisted suicide, the physician provides lethal medication for the patient in order to end hopeless and unbearable suffering.1 The patient will ultimately administer the lethal mediaction. In 2002, the Netherlands was the first country in the world to adopt legislation that allows assisted suicide under certain strict conditions. Euthanasia is still illegal as described in the Dutch Criminal Code, articles 293 and 294. However, physicians are exempted form criminal liability when they report their actions to the local coroner and comply with the due care criteria from the Dutch Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide Act (WTL).

The obligation to report and the due care criteria are described under section "Euthanasia".


1. H.J.J. Leenen e.a., Handboek Gezondheidsrecht, Den Haag: Boom Juridische Uitgevers 2014, p. 391-395.

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