The following considerations and recommendations on the collection, use and storage of human biological material in research, constitutes the first report of the Irish Council for Bioethics. The following report is the product of a comprehensive evaluation of international best practice and wide-ranging discussions by the working group and has been thoroughly considered and endorsed by the Council. Ethically and legally significant issues are raised by the use of human biological material in research.The Council was mindful of the diversity of views and opinions held by members of the community on this
issue. The Council believes that the contributions from the working group and the Council, both of which are multidisciplinary in composition, should ensure that such diversity is acknowledged and reflected in this report.
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