Ethics and data protection in human biomarker studies in environmental health.

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10146/297178
Title:
Ethics and data protection in human biomarker studies in environmental health.
Authors:
Casteleyn, Ludwine; Dumez, Birgit; Van Damme, Karel; Anwar, Wagida A.
Abstract:
Human biomarker studies in environmental health are essential tools to study the relationship between health and environment. They should ultimately contribute to a better understanding of environmentally induced adverse health effects and to appropriate preventive actions. To ensure the protection of the rights and dignity of study participants a complex legal and ethical framework is applied, consisting of several international directives, conventions, and guidelines, whether or not translated in domestic laws. Main characteristics of ethics and data protection in studies using biomarkers in the field of environmental health are summarized and current discussions on related questions and bottlenecks highlighted. In the current regulatory context, dominated by the protection of the individual study participant, difficulties are reported due to the different interpretation and implementation of the regulations of concern within and across borders. Advancement of consistency and compatibility is recommended and efforts are ongoing. An increasing demand for secondary use of data and samples poses additional challenges in finding a right balance between the individual rights of the study participants on the one hand and the common interest of, and potential benefit for the public or community at large on the other. Ethics committees could play a key role in assessing problems originating from the sometimes competing needs at individual and societal level. Building trust in science amongst (potential) study participants and within the community allows the inclusion of arguments from the societal perspective. This requires increased attention for respectful communication efforts. Striving for public participation in decision making processes may promote policy relevant research and the related translation of study results into action.
Citation:
Int J Hyg Environ Health 2013, 216 (5):599-605
Journal:
International journal of hygiene and environmental health
Issue Date:
Aug-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10146/297178
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijheh.2013.03.016
PubMed ID:
23660231
Additional Links:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1438463913000540
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1618-131X
Sponsors:
This work was supported by the European FP7 project ECNIS 2 that builds a virtual European Center for Research and Education on Cancer, Environment and Food (ECRECEP) – Grant agreement 266198.
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dc.contributor.authorCasteleyn, Ludwineen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDumez, Birgiten_GB
dc.contributor.authorVan Damme, Karelen_GB
dc.contributor.authorAnwar, Wagida A.en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-01T07:36:07Z-
dc.date.available2013-08-01T07:36:07Z-
dc.date.issued2013-08-
dc.identifier.citationInt J Hyg Environ Health 2013, 216 (5):599-605en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1618-131X-
dc.identifier.pmid23660231-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ijheh.2013.03.016-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10146/297178-
dc.description.abstractHuman biomarker studies in environmental health are essential tools to study the relationship between health and environment. They should ultimately contribute to a better understanding of environmentally induced adverse health effects and to appropriate preventive actions. To ensure the protection of the rights and dignity of study participants a complex legal and ethical framework is applied, consisting of several international directives, conventions, and guidelines, whether or not translated in domestic laws. Main characteristics of ethics and data protection in studies using biomarkers in the field of environmental health are summarized and current discussions on related questions and bottlenecks highlighted. In the current regulatory context, dominated by the protection of the individual study participant, difficulties are reported due to the different interpretation and implementation of the regulations of concern within and across borders. Advancement of consistency and compatibility is recommended and efforts are ongoing. An increasing demand for secondary use of data and samples poses additional challenges in finding a right balance between the individual rights of the study participants on the one hand and the common interest of, and potential benefit for the public or community at large on the other. Ethics committees could play a key role in assessing problems originating from the sometimes competing needs at individual and societal level. Building trust in science amongst (potential) study participants and within the community allows the inclusion of arguments from the societal perspective. This requires increased attention for respectful communication efforts. Striving for public participation in decision making processes may promote policy relevant research and the related translation of study results into action.en_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by the European FP7 project ECNIS 2 that builds a virtual European Center for Research and Education on Cancer, Environment and Food (ECRECEP) – Grant agreement 266198.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1438463913000540en_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to International journal of hygiene and environmental healthen_GB
dc.subjectBiomarkersen_GB
dc.subjectHumanen_GB
dc.subjectEthicsen_GB
dc.subjectCommunicationen_GB
dc.subjectData protectionen_GB
dc.titleEthics and data protection in human biomarker studies in environmental health.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalInternational journal of hygiene and environmental healthen_GB

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