Informed Consent for Cord Blood Donation: A Theoretical and Empirical Study
2011 (English)In: Blood Transfusion, ISSN 1723-2007, Vol. 9, no 3, 292-300 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background and objectives
Umbilical cord blood (CB) banking and therapeutic use raiseseveral ethical issues: medical indications, legal framework, public versus private biobanks,autologous versus allogeneic use, ownership, commercialisation, quality assurance and manyothers. Surrogate informed consent is one of the most notable controversial ethical issues. Theaim of this study was to analyse and compare informed consent forms for CB collection, storageand use in the 18 accredited biobanks of the Italian Network.
Material and methods
The first part of the article gives a brief overview of the scientificframework, the comparison of allogeneic and autologous use and Italian regulations. In thesecond part the contents of the consent forms from the 18 Italian biobanks are compared with the"NetCord-FACT International Standards for Cord Blood Collection, Banking, and Release forAdministration".
Most of the Italian consent forms differ significantly from the NetCord-FACTStandards, with regards both to formal and substantial aspects.
Italian forms for CB collection, storage and use need standardisation to meetinternational criteria.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 9, no 3, 292-300 p.
Ethics Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject Bioethics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-218729DOI: 10.2450/2010.0083-10OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-218729DiVA: diva2:696777