One-time general consent for research on biological samples: Good idea, but will it happen?

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7542.665-a (Published 16 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:665
  1. Peter N Furness, consultant histopathologist (pnf1@leicester.ac.uk)
  1. Leicester General Hospital, Leicester LE5 4PW

    EDITOR—Wendler's advocacy of one-time consent for research use of biological samples that would otherwise be discarded as clinical waste is welcome and would be ethically sound and financially efficient.1 But this suggestion is not new. The Royal College of Pathologists advocated exactly this five years ago, at the height of the organ retention controversy, stating that in relation to tissue removed from living patients: “we suggest that as a minimum it should be possible to record consent or objection …

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