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Ethical recommendations for the use of human biological material stored in pathology archives for research purposes

Christoph Brochhausen, Nabila Ahmed, Nicolas Roßricker and C. James Kirkpatrick

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/9780199587551.003.0014
Ethical recommendations for the use of human biological material stored in pathology archives for research purposes

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Since the selection and availability of human tissue specimens for academic purposes represents an activity which has generally taken place in an ill-defined ethical and legal framework, this chapter discusses the German, British, and European regulations regarding secondary use of human tissue. Whilst the Royal College of Pathologists made specific suggestions for the handling of archived human tissue, in Germany several laws and regulations touch on this subject, but no specific regulations exist concerning the handling of already archived tissue. This fact leads to uncertainty and doubt about the feasibility of the academic use of surplus tissue and signals the great need for a definitive framework for the use and protection of archived tissue samples. Since informed consent is needed, based on the comparison of German, European, and British regulations solutions, a formalized informed consent for the additional use of human tissue samples is recommended.

Keywords: informed consent; tissue research; archived tissue; ethics consent procedure; legal regulations; German regulations; European regulations

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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