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  

Christa van Wyk

University of South Africa - School of Law

Date Written: May 5, 2013

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

van Wyk, Christa, In Search of the Holy Grail of Medicine (and a Coherent Legal Framework for Stem Cell Research) (May 5, 2013). Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law, Vol. 76, p. 206-224, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2363911 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2363911

Christa Van Wyk (Contact Author)

University of South Africa - School of Law ( email )

South Africa

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