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A role for research ethics committees in exchanges of human biospecimens through material transfer agreements

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Chalmers, D and Nicol, D and Nicolas, P and Zeps, N, A role for research ethics committees in exchanges of human biospecimens through material transfer agreements, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 11 pp. 301-306. ISSN 1176-7529 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11673-014-9552-1

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.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:biospecimens, material transfer agreements, research ethics committees, international exchange of biological materials
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied Ethics
Research Field:Legal Ethics
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the Law
Objective Field:Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
Author:Chalmers, D (Professor Don Chalmers)
Author:Nicol, D (Professor Dianne Nicol)
ID Code:94264
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2014-09-04
Last Modified:2016-07-04
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