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Laws and Policies

Links to policies related to embryonic stem (ES) cell research in the US and worldwide as well as published guidelines for human ES cell research.

Legislation by State

State Embryonic and Fetal Research Laws    Comprehensive summary of state policies produced by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

U.S. Legislation

US Federal Policy  Links to Executive Orders regarding stem cell research and NIH guidelines.

U.S. Federal Stem Cell Legislation    Sourcewatch article on stem cell legislation efforts of the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Congressional Legislation   NIH links to U.S. House and Senate bills related to stem cell research for the past four years.

International hESC Policies

World Human ES Cell Policies .  This is an interactive map that provides information on human ES cell policies throughout the world.  Colored maps indicate if countries or states have permissive legislation, place restrictions on or prohibit human ES cell research.  The site also contains excerpts from countries with written policy statements.  The site was created by the Hinxton Group, an international consortium of human ES cell researchers, ethicists and policy experts.

StemGen Searchable Laws and Policy Database  This is a comprehensive database of international, regional, and national laws and policies concerning stem cell research. The database can be searched by title, organization, key word, jurisdiction, year of publication (1985-2011) and language (English or French).

Guidelines for Human ES Cell Research

National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research  Published in 2009, these guidelines establish policy and procedures under which the NIH will fund ES cell research, and helps ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law.

The International Stem Cell Banking Initiative (ISCBI) In 2009 ISCBI adopted the Consensus Guidance for Banking and Supply of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Lines for Research Purposes in order to establish the best practices in banking for the supply of high quality human stem cells for research. ISCBI was established by the International Stem Cell Forum with the objective of creating a global network of stem cell banks to facilitate the best practices in stem cell research and clinical cell delivery.

2005 National Academy of Sciences Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research   A comprehensive description of the current ethical standards and guidelines for the derivation and use of human ES cells in the United States. Available for purchase, free download or read online (225 pages).

2007 Amendments to the NAS Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research   This amendment contains updated information from the NAS Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee.

2008 Amendments to the NAS Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Among the issues addressed in these amendments are the applicability of the guidelines to non-embryonic pluripotent stem cells.

ISSCR Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research . Developed by the International Society for Stem Cell Research , these principles were written by scientific, ethical and legal experts from 14 countries in order to foster international collaborations.

Guidelines for Human Stem Cell-Based Therapies

ISSCR Guidelines for the Clinical Translation of Stem Cells highlight the scientific, clinical, regulatory, ethical, and social issues that should be addressed so that basic stem cell research is responsibly translated into appropriate clinical applications for treating patients. The Guidelines offer recommendations founded on general principles for scientific, clinical, and ethical conduct that should be followed by all translational stem cell researchers, clinician-scientists, and regulators in the international community.

A Closer Look at Stem Cell Treatments was aunched by ISSCR in 2010 o provide patients with resources to help make thoughtful and informed decisions about potential treatments.




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