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The availability of human tissue for biomedical research the report and recommendations of ECVAM Workshop 32.

Anderson, R., O’Hare, M., Balls, M., Brady, M., Brahams, D., Burt, A., Chesné, C., Combes, R., Dennison, A., Garthoff, B., Hawksworth, G., Kalter, E., Lechat, A., Mayer, D., Rogiers, V., Sladowski, D., Southee, J., Trafford, J., van der Valk, J. and van Zeller, A-M.

ATLA, 26, 763-777 (1998).

This is the report of the thirty-second of a series of workshops organised by the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM). The workshop on The Availability of Human Tissue for Biomedical Research was held in Barnsdale, Rutland, UK, on 18–22 May 1998, under the co-chairmanship of Robert Anderson (The International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine, UK) and Michael O’Hare (LICR/UCL Breast Cancer Laboratory, UK). There were 20 participants from six European countries. The principal aim of the workshop was to formulate a set of guidelines to facilitate the safe, ethical and scientifically valid use of human tissues in research.1 This report summarises the workshop discussions on the ethical, legal, logistical and safety aspects relating to the supply and use of human tissue for research in Europe, and proposes a number of recommendations to improve the availability of non-transplantable and surplus surgical human tissue for research.