© BrainNet Europe II
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.
|Code of Conduct|
1. Introduction and the purpose of the Code of Conduct
The partners of the BNE consortium belong to a variety of academic institutions, established in eleven different European countries, making considerable variations in practice, policies and legal requirements inevitable. The lack of harmonization in European legislation with regard to post-mortem procedures, donation of tissue and organs to tissue banks for research purposes contributes to the complexity of the issue. Even though uniform operating guidelines are impossible to formulate, we underline the idea that a certain set of minimum ethical standards, should be maintained at all times regardless of the differences among BNE partners. The Code of Conduct, which is a product of joint efforts of the workpackage 2 participants, contains these standards. The Code of Conduct addresses various fundamental topics such as informed consent, the rights of the person donating tissue, respect for and observance of confidentiality and protection of personal data, management of collections of human biological materials and the transparency and accountability within the organization of a brain bank.
2. Fundaments of the Code of Conduct
Click here for an overview of the international legislation and guidelines on bioethics used in preparation of the Code of Conduct.
3. The Status
4. The Structure
The first Chapter contains definitions (indicated throughout the text by Capital Letters), objectives, general principles and the scope of the Code of Conduct.
The second Chapter deals with different aspects of Material procurement (e.g. Informed Consent, Authorization, Incompetent persons, Autopsy).
The third Chapter states the principles which should govern the processing of the Material (e.g. financial aspects, confidentiality, data protection measures).
The forth Chapter is concerned with distribution and the use of the Material for research. It also contains articles on research results and guidelines on how to deal with Information on Hereditary Diseases.
Example: The Ethical Declaration of the Netherlands Brain Bank (NBB)
Ethical Declaration of the NBB (131 KB)