Ethics of Biobanking in the Arab Region

  • Mamoun Ahram
Part of the Research Ethics Forum book series (REFF, volume 5)


Biobanks are storage facilities of biospecimens and related information. They are foreseen to promote research efforts and, hence, disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. As a result, several countries including Arab countries have established biobanks at the national level. However, these establishments are associated with a number of ethical aspects as well as several controversial issues including public approval of such initiatives. This chapter discusses the potential of biobanks, highlights major ethical challenges that must be considered when attempting to start a biobank, and offers solutions in order to operate a successful biobank.


Biobanking Informed consent Returning research results Data sharing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of MedicineThe University of JordanAmmanJordan
  2. 2.Office of ResearchJordan University Hospital, The University of JordanAmmanJordan

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