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Legal status of physician-assisted dying (PAD) and voluntary active euthanasia (VAE) in other countries as of May 2021

Legal status of physician-assisted dying (PAD) and voluntary active euthanasia (VAE) in other countries as of May 2021
Country Legal status of PAD and VAE
Austria PAD legal pursuant to a December 2020 court ruling, but implementing legislation has not yet been enacted.
Belgium PAD and VAE legal for adults; euthanasia permitted for terminally ill children of any age.
Canada PAD and VAE legal for adults. May be practiced by physicians and, in some provinces, by nurse practitioners.
Colombia VAE legal for adults and for children with the consent of their parents.
Germany Assisted suicide is legal for competent, uncoerced adults. Euthanasia is not legal.
Italy PAD legal pursuant to a November 2019 court ruling, but implementing legislation has not yet been enacted.
Luxembourg PAD and VAE legal for adults and children age 12 or older.
Netherlands PAD and VAE legal for adults and children. VAE is also legal by advance request.
New Zealand PAD and VAE legal for competent terminally ill, suffering adult patients showing a significant decline in physical capabilities. Enacted law becomes effective in November 2021.
Spain PAD and VAE legal for adults with serious, chronic illness and no chance of recovery. VAE is also legal by advance request. Effective June 2021.
Switzerland PAD legal for adults if performed by someone with no direct interest in the death. Some clinics will accept nonresidents including patients from abroad.
Australia (Tasmania) PAD legal for adults. VAE is permitted only if the person is incapable of self-administration. Enacted law becomes effective in November 2022.
Australia (Victoria) PAD legal for adults. VAE is permitted only if the person is physically incapable of self-administration.
Australia (Western Australia) PAD legal for adults, expected to take effect in mid-2021. VAE is permitted only if the person is physically incapable of self-administration.
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