2001 Statement on Male Circumcision


CIRP logo Note:

This statement was produced pursuant to a 1997 request of the General Medical Council (External link GMC). The statement is limited to the medical aspects of non-therapeutic circumcision of male children. The ethics and legality of the procedure were not to be considered. Apparently, the GMC plans to address the the issues of the ethics and lawfulness of non-therapeutic circumcision of male children after receiving this medical statement.

Pressroom Release

The Royal College of Surgeons of England

06 March 2001

Statement from the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons, The Royal College of Nursing, The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, The Royal College of Surgeons of England and The Royal College of Anaesthetists.

Natural History of the Foreskin

Indications for circumcision

Criteria to be fulfilled in performing circumcision


  1. Paediatric Forum, Children's Surgery  - A First Class Service, May 2000
  2. American Academy of Paediatrics, Circumcision Policy Statement, Paediatrics Volume 103, 3, March 1999
  3. External link Guidance for Doctors Who Are Asked to Circumcise Male Children, GMC, Sept 1997
  4. Circumcision of Male Infants  - Guidance for Doctors, BMA, Sept 1996
  5. Australian College of Paediatrics, Position Statement on Circumcision, Newsletter June 1996
  6. Williams N, Kapila L; Complications of Circumcision. Review, British Journal of Surgery 80 (10): 1231-6, October 1993.
  7. Rickwood AMK, Walker J; Is Phimosis Overdiagnosed in Boys and Are Too Many Circumcisions Performed in Consequence? Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, Vol 71 No 5, 275-277, 1989.
  8. Gairdner D; The Fate of the Foreskin, A Study of Circumcision. British Medical Journal, December 24 1949, p1433.

Members of the Circumcision Working Party:

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