Committee Approves Guidelines for Proposition 71 Research
Women who donate eggs for embryonic stem cell research funded by Proposition 71 would be able to receive reimbursement for expenses, including lost wages, but would be prohibited from receiving compensation, according to regulations approved Tuesday by an advisory committee, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. State voters in November 2004 approved Proposition 71 to fund stem cell research.
The Scientific and Medical Accountability Standards Working Group met Monday and Tuesday to develop the recommendations for medical and ethical standards for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and research funded by Proposition 71 grants.
Other issues discussed in the guidelines include:
- Informed consent of doctors;
- The creation of individual oversight committees;
- Informing potential egg donors about medical risks;
- Informing potential egg donors about the possible uses of the stem cell lines;
- Informing potential egg donors that they would not receive any financial benefit from future commercial uses of discoveries (Dolbee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2/1);
- Providing medical care to donors for any complications; and
- Requiring stem cells obtained outside of the state to meet certain standards.
The Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee is expected to adopt the recommendations on Feb. 10 (Mecoy, Sacramento Bee, 2/1). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.