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1.  Blood and blood-associated symbols: some ethical and legal considerations 
Blood Transfusion  2014;12(1):10-13.
doi:10.2450/2013.0217-13
PMCID: PMC3926708  PMID: 24333067
2.  Ethical and legal aspects of refusal of blood transfusions by Jehovah’s Witnesses, with particular reference to Italy 
Blood Transfusion  2014;12(Suppl 1):s395-s401.
doi:10.2450/2013.0017-13
PMCID: PMC3934270  PMID: 23736931
autonomy; bioethics; blood transfusion; informed consent; responsibility
3.  Production of plasma-derived medicinal products: ethical implications for blood donation and donors 
Blood Transfusion  2014;12(Suppl 1):s389-s394.
doi:10.2450/2013.0167-12
PMCID: PMC3934296  PMID: 23522886
bioethics; blood; plasma-derived medicinal products
4.  Is my blood mine? Some comments on the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine 
Blood Transfusion  2013;11(3):321-323.
doi:10.2450/2012.0103-12
PMCID: PMC3729117  PMID: 23058862
6.  A comparative analysis of the opinions from European national and international ethics committees regarding the collection, storage and use of umbilical cord blood 
Blood Transfusion  2012;10(3):279-289.
doi:10.2450/2012.0172-11
PMCID: PMC3417726  PMID: 22337278
bioethics; cord blood bank; ethics committees; stem cell transplant; umbilical cord blood
7.  Informed consent for cord blood donation. A theoretical and empirical study 
Blood Transfusion  2011;9(3):292-300.
Background and objectives
Umbilical cord blood (CB) banking and therapeutic use raise several ethical issues: medical indications, legal framework, public versus private biobanks, autologous versus allogeneic use, ownership, commercialisation, quality assurance and many others. Surrogate informed consent is one of the most notable controversial ethical issues. The aim of this study was to analyse and compare informed consent forms for CB collection, storage and use in the 18 accredited biobanks of the Italian Network.
Material and methods
The first part of the article gives a brief overview of the scientific framework, the comparison of allogeneic and autologous use and Italian regulations. In the second part the contents of the consent forms from the 18 Italian biobanks are compared with the “NetCord-FACT International Standards for Cord Blood Collection, Banking, and Release for Administration”.
Results
Most of the Italian consent forms differ significantly from the NetCord-FACT Standards, with regards both to formal and substantial aspects.
Conclusion
Italian forms for CB collection, storage and use need standardisation to meet international criteria.
doi:10.2450/2010.0083-10
PMCID: PMC3136597  PMID: 21251456
cord blood; informed consent; biological specimens banks; transplantation
8.  Umbilical cord blood collection, storage and use: ethical issues 
Blood Transfusion  2010;8(3):139-148.
doi:10.2450/2010.0152-09
PMCID: PMC2906192  PMID: 20671872
Ethics; cord blood; biobank; informed consent

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