PROVISIONS IN THE STATUTE GOVERNING HUMAN FETAL TISSUE RESEARCH

Release Date:  March 6, 2000

NOTICE:  OD-00-026

National Institutes of Health

Scientific and ethical challenges associated with research utilizing 
human fetal tissues make it imperative that researchers and their 
institutions be clearly aware of the 1993 statute concerning such 
research as published in
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not93-235.html.  
This statute, section 498B of the Public Health Service Act, 
42 U.S.C. 289g-2 prohibits the knowing acquisition, receipt or transfer 
of any human fetal tissue for "valuable consideration" (e.g. profit).  
Violation of this statute carries criminal penalties.


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