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WMA to produce guidelines on health databases

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 13 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1295
  1. Kamran Abbasi
  1. Geneva

    The World Medical Association is to draw up international guidelines on the use of centralised health databases. The decision was taken in Geneva last week at a joint seminar with the World Health Organization on the ethical implications and optimal design of centralised health databases.

    Recent advances in genetics and the formation last year of the Icelandic genetic database have sharpened focus on the potential for abuse of all …

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