Embryonic stem cell research and therapy: the need for a common European legal framework

Bioethics. 2002 Nov;16(6):557-67. doi: 10.1111/1467-8519.00311.


The possibility of obtaining stem cells from human embryos has given rise to an intensive legal and ethical debate. In this paper, attention is paid to the normative disparity and ambiguity in Europe. An argument for the need for a minimum legal harmonization is made; and a prudent and flexible way to reach this successfully is suggested. Establishing a common legal framework seems to be the only way to guarantee true competitiveness for the European scientific community.

MeSH terms

  • Cloning, Organism / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Embryo Research / ethics
  • Embryo Research / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Embryo, Mammalian / cytology
  • Europe
  • European Union*
  • Government Regulation
  • Humans
  • Internationality
  • Jurisprudence
  • Reproductive Techniques, Assisted
  • Research Embryo Creation / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Stem Cells / cytology