BMC Medical Ethics
(Accessed 1 Dec 2018)
| 26 November 2018
Consent requirements for research with human tissue: Swiss ethics committee members disagree
Authors: Flora Colledge, Sophie De Massougnes and Bernice Elger
In Switzerland, research with identifiable human tissue samples, and/or its accompanying data, must be approved by a research ethics committee (REC) before it can be allowed to take place. However, as the demand for such tissue has rapidly increased in recent years, and biobanks have been created to meet these needs, committees have had to deal with a growing number of such demands. Detailed instructions for evaluating every kind of tissue request are scarce. Committees charged with evaluating research protocols therefore sometimes face uncertainty in their decision-making.