Research based on archived information and samples. Recommendations from the Royal College of Physicians Committee on Ethical Issues in Medicine

J R Coll Physicians Lond. May-Jun 1999;33(3):264-6.


In 1996 the College published Guidelines on the Practice of Ethics committees in Medical Research involving Human Subjects (3rd edition) which includes a section on unintrusive research. The recommendations published here are intended to clarify the issues surrounding this category of research as they relate to consent to the use of archived information and samples.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Archives
  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Human Experimentation*
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Medical Records / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Medical Records / standards*
  • Privacy
  • Research Design / standards*
  • United Kingdom