Nuffield Council expresses concerns about Human Tissue Bill

In a letter to MPs today, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics calls for new legislation on Human Tissue to be clear and coherent.

The Council supports the introduction of the Human Tissue Bill in principle and welcomes the emphasis given to consent as the fundamental principle guiding the lawful use of human tissue. But the Council has a number of concerns about ambiguities in the current Bill. If the requirements for consent become too bureaucratic or too onerous, research leading to potential benefits might suffer.

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