Ethical Considerations

UCB as an alternative source for allogeneic transplantation has generated several ethical concerns.11 In 1997, a working group composed of experts in medicine, blood banking, law, ethics, anthropology, and the social sciences convened to examine these issues.12 A consensus statement to inform public policy and raise awareness regarding UCB banking procedures was generated. This statement addressed the following dilemmas: (1) the potential promise of UCB as an investigational agent, (2) maintaining linkage of the donors and stored UCB units, (3) the uncertainty of autologous UCB banking, (4) monitoring of private-sector marketing practices, (5) assuring equitable UCB banking recruitment and use, and (6) the process of obtaining informed consent.

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