n South African Medical Journal - Law reform dealing with blood, tissues, organ transplants and health research : a lagging legal framework that is strangling innovation : editorial

Volume 102, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Law is an important component of the regulation of the use of the human body or body parts, new medical developments, and research on human subjects. Complex moral, ethical and public policy considerations must often be balanced when determining the boundaries between academic freedom, promoting public health, and protecting patients and research participants. Despite the implications of revolutionary scientific developments, the South African parliament has struggled to create a principled framework for biomedicine and research.

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