GUIDELINES AND REGULATION
As a network of scientists and academics, EuroStemCell provides independent, expert-reviewed information and road-tested educational resources on stem cells and their impact on society.
It also works with people affected by conditions, educators, regulators, media, healthcare professionals and policymakers to foster engagement and develop material that meets their needs.
As service to the field, the ISSCR develops guidelines that address the international diversity of cultural, political, legal, and ethical issues associated with stem cell research and its translation to medicine. The guidelines maintain and underscore widely shared principles in science that call for rigor, oversight, and transparency in all areas of practice. Adherence to these principles provides assurance that stem cell research is conducted with scientific and ethical integrity and that new therapies are evidence-based.
Responding to advances in science, the guidelines were updated in 2021 to encompass a broader and more expansive scope of research and clinical endeavor while maintaining the fundamental principles of the research and application. The 2021 guidelines include new recommendations to address the recent scientific advances involving embryos, stem cell-based embryo models, chimeras, organoids, and genome editing.
The ISCBI was initiated in 2007 with funding from the International Stem Cell Forum to create a global network of stem cell banks, both by coordinating existing pluripotent stem cell banks and also supporting those who are setting up new stem cell resource centres.
European Societies and Networks
The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) aims at creating synergies between all areas of basic and applied stem cell research and to provide an interface between science, education, politics and society as a whole.
Since 1 January 2021 the GSCN works in a tight cooperation with the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH). The GSCN and the BIH have formed a “Dialog Platform Stem Cell Research” as a project to foster stem cell research as basic science and in the translation.
The Swiss Stem Cell Network (SSCN) is a Swiss non-profit association of scientists that are or have been active in stem cell research. The SSCN pursues the following aims:
- Consolidate the Swiss community of scientists involved in stem cell research by fostering interactions and collaborations among scientists.
- Promote stem cell-related research and regenerative biology in Switzerland in various in vitro and in vivo model systems and support regenerative medicine.
- Discuss scientific as well as ethical issues arising from stem cell research and provide this information to the society.
The Austrian Society for Stem Cell Research will accompany and support the rapid progress in stem cell research in the national context and has set itself the following goals:
Creating a platform for public relation
National and international networking and promotion of young talents
Improvement of the funding and research structure