A Role for Research Ethics Committees in Exchanges of Human Biospecimens Through Material Transfer Agreements

D. Chalmers, D. Nicol, P. Nicolás, Nikolajs Zeps

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    Abstract

    International transfers of human biological material (biospecimens) and data are increasing, and commentators are starting to raise concerns about how donor wishes are protected in such circumstances. These exchanges are generally made under contractual material transfer agreements (MTAs). This paper asks what role, if any, should research ethics committees (RECs) play in ensuring legal and ethical conduct in such exchanges. It is recommended that RECs should play a more active role in the future development of best practice MTAs involving exchange of biospecimens and data and in monitoring compliance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)301-306
    JournalJournal of Bioethical Inquiry
    Volume11
    Issue number3
    Early online date26 Jun 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

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