Call for better regulation of tissue products

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 27 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1928
  1. Scott Gottlieb, Clegg scholar
  1. BMJ

    In an effort to prevent the spread of disease through negligent handling of human tissue products, a scientific advisory body to the European Commission has called for greater regulation of tissue products—including skin, bone, and corneas—used for human transplant and medical research.

    The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies says that while human organs and blood have been regulated by law at national level, human tissues have been largely neglected. “We were amazed to observe that there is no European regulation or control on the use and collection of human tissue,” …

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