A proposal for a model of informed consent for the collection, storage and use of biological materials for research purposes

Corinna Porteri, Pascal Borry

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Abstract

Objective: To suggest a model of informed consent for the collection, storage and use of biological materials in local biobanks for health research purposes. Methods: Review of the major ethical issues related to collection, storage and use of human biological materials for research purposes. Results: An informed consent form for the collection and use of biological materials in a specific research project, and an informed consent form for the collection, storage and use of biological materials in a biobank were separately developed. Two main rules govern the proposed model, as follows: the informed consent for the use of biological materials shall (i) give donors sufficient information to take informed decisions about possible present and future uses of their biological materials and (ii) consider the specific biological and genetic aims of the research being performed. Conclusion: Even if informed consent for the collection, storage and use of biological materials is a hard process, donors can actually be provided with sufficient information and choices to give a 'really informed consent'. Practice implications: The proposed model can be a useful guideline for the development of specific informed consent forms to be used by researchers. It can also be a good tool to let the donors know which information and guarantees they can request from researchers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-142
Number of pages7
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Volume71
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

Keywords

  • Biobank
  • Bioethics
  • Biological materials
  • Informed consent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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