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dc.contributor.authorDumez, Birgit
dc.contributor.authorVan Damme, Karel
dc.contributor.authorCasteleyn, Ludwine
dc.date.accessioned2008-02-25T10:59:15Z
dc.date.available2008-02-25T10:59:15Z
dc.date.issued2007-05
dc.identifier.citationInt J Hyg Environ Health 2007, 210 (3-4):263-5en
dc.identifier.issn1438-4639
dc.identifier.pmid17320479
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ijheh.2007.01.018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10146/19116
dc.description.abstractCurrent research projects using human biomarkers in their search for better knowledge on the interaction between environment and human health are facing sensitive ethical issues. Researchers may be put in situations in which it is unclear how to act in accordance with all necessary legal requirements on ethical aspects of research. As a consequence, scientific opportunities and important developments of which many individuals will benefit, may be missed. Sound scientific research in the field of environment and health may benefit from a "rethinking" of current theoretical frameworks and procedures issuing from clinical medicine, putting emphasis on decisional autonomy and the protection of the individual and to a much lesser degree taking into account the concept of "public interest". The protection of individuals participating in studies in the field of environmental health calls, e.g., new communication strategies from recruitment to debriefing, at individual as well as at societal levels. Research on the socio ethical aspects on HBM within ECNIS and Newgeneris is situated at the interface of science, ethics and law and should be considered in the context of one final goal: contributing to guidelines for a harmonized socio-ethical and legal approach of human biomonitoring activities in the EU, including procedures for effective and appropriate communication both a the individual and at the collective level, resulting in a European research atmosphere in which scientific research related to development and use of human biomarkers is promoted, and in which a simultaneous protection of the rights and dignity of the study subjects is guaranteed. A harmonized socio-ethical and legal approach not only increases the possibilities for comparison between data generated but may also allow for more equality in the protection of the rights of each citizen of the European Union.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was partly supported by ECNIS NoE (Environmental Cancer Risk, Nutrition and Individual Susceptibility) (Contract No. 513943), and NewGeneris IP (Contract No. 016320-2), operating within the European Union 6th Framework Program, Priority 5: ‘‘Food Quality and Safety’’.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B7GVY-4N3P9PP-1&_user=1843694&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000055040&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=1843694&md5=295269064e2bbc97f924b8ba85c8b531en
dc.subjecthuman biomonitoringen
dc.subjectethicsen
dc.subjectcommunicationen
dc.subjectenvironmental and public healthen
dc.subject.meshBioethical Issues
dc.subject.meshBiological Markers
dc.subject.meshCommunication
dc.subject.meshConsumer Advocacy
dc.subject.meshEnvironmental Monitoring
dc.subject.meshEthics, Research
dc.subject.meshEuropean Union
dc.subject.meshHuman Experimentation
dc.subject.meshHumans
dc.subject.meshInformed Consent
dc.subject.meshSocial Conditions
dc.titleResearch on the socio-ethical impact of biomarker use and the communication processes in ECNIS NoE and NewGeneris IP.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Healthen
html.description.abstractCurrent research projects using human biomarkers in their search for better knowledge on the interaction between environment and human health are facing sensitive ethical issues. Researchers may be put in situations in which it is unclear how to act in accordance with all necessary legal requirements on ethical aspects of research. As a consequence, scientific opportunities and important developments of which many individuals will benefit, may be missed. Sound scientific research in the field of environment and health may benefit from a "rethinking" of current theoretical frameworks and procedures issuing from clinical medicine, putting emphasis on decisional autonomy and the protection of the individual and to a much lesser degree taking into account the concept of "public interest". The protection of individuals participating in studies in the field of environmental health calls, e.g., new communication strategies from recruitment to debriefing, at individual as well as at societal levels. Research on the socio ethical aspects on HBM within ECNIS and Newgeneris is situated at the interface of science, ethics and law and should be considered in the context of one final goal: contributing to guidelines for a harmonized socio-ethical and legal approach of human biomonitoring activities in the EU, including procedures for effective and appropriate communication both a the individual and at the collective level, resulting in a European research atmosphere in which scientific research related to development and use of human biomarkers is promoted, and in which a simultaneous protection of the rights and dignity of the study subjects is guaranteed. A harmonized socio-ethical and legal approach not only increases the possibilities for comparison between data generated but may also allow for more equality in the protection of the rights of each citizen of the European Union.


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