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BrainNet Europe is a "Network of Excellence" funded by the European Commission in the 6th Framework Program "Life Science" (LSHM-CT-2004-503039). It consists of 19 established brain banks across Europe and is coordinated by the Centre for Neuropathology and Prion Research Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany.
|WP02 - Ethics / Legal Issues|
The main objectives of WP 2 are:
The legal and ethical issues in brain banking are numerous. Post mortem removal and retention of organs as well as research with human tissue and genetic information have given rise to many controversies in the media and posed various dilemmas in the fields of law and ethics. Due to the relative novelty of these issues, the law is often lacking in clear instructions and unambiguous guidelines.
Code of Conduct
BNE Code of Conduct
Besides development of the above-mentioned documents the NBB aims to encourage and facilitate discussions on the topics of ethics among the BNE consortium members. Points agreed upon by the Consortium partners are aimed to be included in the Draft Code of Conduct.
Whenever harmonization of certain practices among the BNE members is deemed desirable, the NBB aims to facilitate the decisions of the Consortium. Harmonization of practices is often necessary in order to facilitate collaborations and international exchange of tissue samples, to meet certain legal requirements and ethical standards or to anticipate on the developments in the field of ethics and biotechnology.
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