Population Studies: Return of Research Results and Incidental Findings Policy Statement
European Journal of Human Genetics, 2012 July 11, doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2012.152
3 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2013
Date Written: 2012
The Public Population Project in Genomics and Society (P(3)G) is a not-for profit international consortium with members from more than 40 countries. Its objective is to lead, catalyze, and co-ordinate international efforts and expertise in order to optimize the use of population studies, biobanks, research databases, and other similar health and social science research infrastructures. The year 2011-2012 witnessed a plethora of special issues of journals on the return of results but few discussed the particular situation of population studies that serve as resources for future unspecified research. P(3)G considers it important to propose a policy that distinguishes between the contexts of population research and disease (clinical) research involving patients and then delineates actual and future obligations. The objectives of this Policy Statement are to: (1) delineate the particular characteristics of population studies, (2) distinguish the circumstances surrounding access by researchers to such studies, and (3) develop a framework for the return of research results and incidental findings.
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