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Blood Transfus. 2011 Jul;9(3):292-300. doi: 10.2450/2010.0083-10. Epub 2010 Dec 27.

Informed consent for cord blood donation. A theoretical and empirical study.

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  • 1Bioethics Unit, Office of the President, Italian National Institute of Health, Rome.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:

Umbilical cord blood (CB) banking and therapeutic use raise several ethical issues: medical indications, legal framework, public versus private biobanks, autologous versus allogeneic use, ownership, commercialisation, quality assurance and many others. Surrogate informed consent is one of the most notable controversial ethical issues. The aim of this study was to analyse and compare informed consent forms for CB collection, storage and 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 scientific framework, the comparison of allogeneic and autologous use and Italian regulations. In the second 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 for Administration".

RESULTS:

Most of the Italian consent forms differ significantly from the NetCord-FACT Standards, with regards both to formal and substantial aspects.

CONCLUSION:

Italian forms for CB collection, storage and use need standardisation to meet international criteria.

PMID:
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PMCID:
PMC3136597
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