What is the EC's standpoint on ES cells?
The EC does fund research involving ES cells, it is recognised that great differences persist between member states concerning the legislation and control of research involving human stem cells. While the potential benefits of human ES cell research are very high, such research could involve using and destroying embryos. Once the scientific evaluators confirm the necessity of using hESCs in the research proposal, an ethics review panel assesses:
- that the proposal does not include research activities which destroy embryos including for the procurement of stem cells
- whether the consortium has taken into account the legislation, regulations
- ethical rules and/or codes of conduct in place in the country(ies) where the research using hESC is to take place, including the procedures for obtaining informed consent
- the source of the hESC
- the measures taken to protect personal data, including genetic data, and privacy
- the nature of financial inducements, if any.