The European General Data Protection Regulation: Challenges and Considerations for iPSC Researchers and Biobanks

Regen Med. 2017 Sep;12(6):693-703. doi: 10.2217/rme-2017-0068. Epub 2017 Oct 4.


Increasingly, human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) and their associated genetic and clinical information are being used in a wide range of applications, with large biobanks being established to support and increase their scientific use. The new European General Data Protection Regulations, which comes into effect in 2018, will have implications for biobanks that generate, store and allow research access to iPSC. This paper describes some of the challenges that iPSC biobanks face and suggests some points for the development of appropriate governance structures to address these new requirements. These suggestions also have implications for iPSC research in general.

Keywords: biobanks; data protection; governance; induced pluripotent stem cells; stem cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biological Specimen Banks / ethics
  • Biological Specimen Banks / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Computer Security / ethics
  • Computer Security / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells*
  • Informed Consent
  • Social Control, Formal*