Title: The use of human tissue in epidemiological research; ethical and legal considerations in two biobanks in Belgium
Authors: Truyers, Carla ×
Kellen, Eliane
Arbyn, Marc
Trommelmans, Leen
Nys, Herman
Hensen, Karen
Aertgeerts, Bert
Bartholomeeusen, Stefaan
Hansson, Mats
Buntinx, Frank #
Issue Date: May-2010
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Series Title: Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy vol:13 issue:2 pages:169-175
Abstract: This paper discusses the legal implications of setting up two new biobanks in Belgium. The first is hospital-based and will archive tissue from patients with haematologic cancer, whereas the second is linked to a general practice based morbidity registry and will involve storage of blood samples. To date, Belgium has no specific legislation that regulates storage of human tissue and related databases. Several issues concerning the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal medical data are discussed from the existing privacy legislation. We will address the principle of consent (broad versus specific) and the type of data recorded (anonymous, encoded and identifiable) for both biobanks.
ISSN: 1386-7423
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Academic Center for General Practice
Interfaculty Centre for Biomedial Ethics and Law
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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