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Research with human biological material and personal data in biobanks: legal and regulatory framework in Switzerland

Bianka S. Dörr

in Human Tissue Research

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199587551
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725630 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587551.003.0010
Research with human biological material and personal data in biobanks: legal and regulatory framework in Switzerland

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This chapter focuses on the present and future Swiss legal and regulatory framework for human tissue research. As to date there is no uniform legislation or regulation of research with human biological material and personal data at federal level in Switzerland. Since 2006, the Swiss legislator has been working on the implementation of a federal act regarding research with humans (Humanforschungsgesetz); the draft bill of the act on research with humans has recently been published. The chapter describes and critically evaluates these regulatory activities and also gives a brief overview of existing biobanks and networks in Switzerland. It concludes that the proposed Swiss regulatory framework is a first step towards finding an appropriate balance between the interests of scientific knowledge, the law, and public welfare on one hand and protection of personality of participating persons on the other.

Keywords: human tissue research; human biological material; personal data; biobanks; regulatory framework; legal framework; Swiss legal framework; Humanforschungsgesetz

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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