In Search of the Holy Grail of Medicine (and a Coherent Legal Framework for Stem Cell Research)
Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law, Vol. 76, p. 206-224, 2013
19 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2013
Date Written: May 5, 2013
This article gives an overview of the current legal framework in which health research in general, and stem cell research in particular, may be carried out on individuals and/or their biological material.
Regulations were recently adopted which make provision for research on human biological material, including certain types of stem cells. These regulations are considered against the background of the enabling legislation, the National Health Act of 2003, and the conclusion is reached that although many issues surrounding informed consent for research are addressed, a coherent legal framework is still lacking.
Keywords: health research, stem cell research
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