Mexican Regulation of Biobanks

J Law Med Ethics. 2016 Mar;44(1):58-67. doi: 10.1177/1073110516644199.


Biobank-based research in Mexico is mostly governed by research and data protection laws. There is no direct mention of biobanks in either statutory or regulatory law besides a requirement that the Federal Ministry of Health and a Mexican institution devoted to scientific research approve the transfer of biological materials outside of Mexico for population genetics research purposes. Such requirements are the basis of Genomic Sovereignty in Mexico, but such requirements have not prevented international collaboration. In addition, Mexican law singles out genetic research in informed consent provisions, but it does not specify whether all biobank-based research is genetic research. In order to facilitate international collaboration on biobank-based research, Mexico should directly address biobanking in its laws, building on the research framework and data protection framework already in place.

MeSH terms

  • Biological Specimen Banks*
  • Confidentiality*
  • Genetic Research
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent
  • Mexico