EBCOG position statement: ethics of stem cell research

Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2020 Apr:247:244-245. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2020.01.017. Epub 2020 Jan 17.


Over the past 10 years' significant research developments have taken place on human pluripotent stem cells and human embryonic stem cells to exploit the future potential in gene therapy and other focused treatments. There remains concerns around ethics of research and the fate of the human embryo used in such studies. European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology urge upon all scientists and the research bodies to adhere to the highest ethical principles of confidentiality and their actions should meet the criteria as set out by the international society for stem cell research.

Keywords: Confidentiality; Ethics; Human embryo; Research; Stem cell.

Publication types

  • Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Embryo Research / ethics*
  • Humans
  • Stem Cell Research / ethics*