Ethics and Governance of Stem Cell Banks

Methods Mol Biol. 2017:1590:99-112. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-6921-0_7.


This chapter examines the ethical principles and governance frameworks for stem cell banks. Good governance of stem cell banks should balance facilitation of the clinical use of stem cells with the proper respect and protection of stem cell sample providers and stem cell recipients and ensure compliance with national regulatory requirements to foster public trust in the use of stem cell technology. Stem cell banks must develop with regard to the science, the needs of scientists, and the requirements of the public, which will benefit from this science. Given the international reach of this promising research and its clinical application, it is necessary for stem cell bank governance frameworks to be harmonized across jurisdictions.

Keywords: Ethics; Governance; Guardianship; Harmonization; Regulation; Standardization; Stem cell banks.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Specimen Banks / ethics*
  • Biological Specimen Banks / standards*
  • Humans
  • Stem Cells / cytology*