European Journal of Health Law 13: 293-310, 2006. 293 © 2006 Koninklijke Brill N.V. Printed in the Netherlands COUNCIL OF EUROPE The Recommendation on Research on Biological Materials of Human Origin: Another Brick in the Wall Introduction Given the goals, direction and growing capabilities of modern biomedical research, human biological material, in addition to being of great value, 1 is of great signi- ficance to improving human health and healthcare. It is also a potential site for violations of our human rights. Recognising this early on, the Council of Europe adopted the Biomedicine Convention (1997), 2 which was one of the first inter- national instruments to recognise the scientific, therapeutic and commercial value of human tissue, and link research utilising it to human rights. 3 It then adopted the Additional Protocol (2005), 4 which addressed human subject research more specifically. On 15 March 2006, it took further action at the human tissue/human rights nexus by adopting a draft Recommendation on Research on Biological Materials of Human Origin, 5 an instrument concerned not with traditional human subject research, but with the procurement, storage and utilisation of excised human tissue for research. The Committee of Ministers of the Council of
European Journal of Health Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2006
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