Petrini et al., 20 years after Oviedo Convention

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ABSTRACT -  (Twenty years after the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine) - Year 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the signature of the “Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine” of the Council of Europe, known also as “Oviedo Convention”, one of the most authoritative reference documents for bioethics. For this occasion a meeting, organised by the Bioethics Unit of the Italian National Institute of Health, was held in Rome on 18 December 2017 at the Chamber of Deputees, in collaboration with the Italian National Blood Centre and the Italian National Transplant Centre. The meeting was dedicated to the article 21 that prohibits the financial gain of the human body and its parts and, in particular, focused on the donation of human biologic material for therapeutic purpose.

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