Alternative Consent Models for Biobanks: The New Spanish Law on Biomedical Research

- Bioethics
Author/s: -Da Rocha, Antonio Casado -Seoane, Jose Antonio
Journal: Bioethics
Year: 2008
Volume: 22
Issue: 8
Pages: 440
Start Page: 440

This article provides an overview of recent contributions to the debate on the ethical use of previously collected biobank samples, as well as a country report about how this issue has been regulated in Spain by means of the new Biomedical Research Act, enacted in the summer of 2007. By contrasting the Spanish legal situation with the wider discourse of international bioethics, we identify and discuss a general trend moving from the traditional requirements of informed consent towards new models more favourable to research in a post-genomic context.