This mapping of the regulation of biobanks in selected European countries is the result of a comparative law study funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health and the Institut de droit de la santé (IDS) of the University of Neuchâtel. Its aim is to provide an overview of the applicable laws and regulation related to the governance of health databases and biobanks, as well as to the basic rights (informed consent and data protection) of the participants and to the competent authorities. At this stage, this study covers the regulation of the following countries: Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, United Kingdom, Denmark and Norway.
Legal texts and policies are provided for reference purposes only – documents should not be considered official versions. The data are available on a free and open access basis. They are subject to modification while we upgrade and update the quality of the database. You are welcome to contact the authors if you have suggestion to complete or improve the information for a given country or to add the applicable laws and regulation in another country.
Authors: MLaw Vladislava Talanova and Prof. Dr iur Dominique Sprumont.
Status as of the 1 March 2018
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