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A framework for ethics review of applications to store, reuse and share tissue samples


The practice of biobank networking—where biobanks are linked together, and researchers share human tissue samples—is an increasingly common practice both domestically and internationally. The benefits from networking in this way are well established. However, there is a need for ethical oversight in the sharing of human tissue. Ethics committees will increasingly be called upon to approve the sharing of tissue and data with other researchers, often via biobanks, and little guidance currently exists for such committees. In this paper, we provide a structured approach to the ethical review of on-sharing of data and tissue for research purposes.

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The authors would like to acknowledge the research assistance of Kristina Chelberg, funded by the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology.

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Then, SN., Lipworth, W., Stewart, C. et al. A framework for ethics review of applications to store, reuse and share tissue samples. Monash Bioeth. Rev. 39, 115–124 (2021).

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  • Biobanks
  • Ethics review
  • Human tissue
  • Research
  • Biobank networks