UKZN Anniversary Symposium on the Medico-Legal and Ethical Implications of Human Tissue Use

David McQuoid-Mason


The University of KwaZulu-Natal recently hosted a Symposium on Medico-Legal and Ethical Implications of Human Tissue Use, which coincided with recent discussions on proposed amendments to Chapter 8 of the National Health Act 61 of 2003. The Symposium made a number of recommendations regarding: (i) how to overcome the shortage of donations of human tissue; (ii) the need to update the current policy and regulations regarding the use of human tissue; (iii) whether a human tissue co-ordinating body should be established; (iv) the need for national guidelines for the use of human tissue in teaching and research; and (v) how legacy collections involving human tissue should be dealt with.

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David McQuoid-Mason, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies

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Human tissue; Tissue donation; Tissue use; Legacy collections; Research; Teaching

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South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 2011;4(1):13-14.

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Date submitted: 2011-04-14
Date published: 2011-06-29

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