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Title: Beware of the commercialization of human cells and tissues: situation in the European Union
Authors: Pirnay, Jean-Paul ×
Vanderkelen, Alain
Ectors, Nadine
Delloye, Christian
Dufrane, Denis
Baudoux, Etienne
Van Brussel, Michel
Casaer, Michael P
De Vos, Daniel
Draye, Jean-Pierre
Rose, Thomas
Jennes, Serge
Neirinckx, Pierre
Laire, Geert
Zizi, Martin
Verbeken, Gilbert #
Issue Date: Aug-2012
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Series Title: Cell and Tissue Banking vol:13 issue:3 pages:487-98
Article number: 10.1007/s10561-012-9323-3
Abstract: With this analysis we would like to raise some issues that emerge as a result of recent evolutions in the burgeoning field of human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based product (HCT/P) transplantation, and this in the light of the current EU regulatory framework. This paper is intended as an open letter addressed to the EU policy makers, who will be charged with the review and revision of the current legislation. We propose some urgent corrections or additions to cope with the rapid advances in biomedical science, an extensive commercialization of HCT/Ps, and the growing expectation of the general public regarding the ethical use of altruistically donated cells and tissues. Without a sound wake-up call, the diverging interests of this newly established 'healthcare' industry and the wellbeing of humanity will likely lead to totally unacceptable situations, like some of which we are reporting here.
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ISSN: 1389-9333
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory of Intensive Care Medicine
Translational Cell & Tissue Research
Organ Systems (+)
Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy
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