NuGO Guideline 13


Samples from deceased persons

Bodily substances from deceased persons can be extremely valuable to nutrigenomics research, i.e. nutrient composition of bodily tissues in relation to genotype. It ought to be possible to use data and biological material from deceased. They can be collected and recorded for biobanks and subsequently used in research on the same conditions as for living research volunteers. If the deceased has not given consent during his lifetime, the next of kin or another legally authorized person can furnish it, provided that this is not inconsistent with the deceased's wishes as expressed during his lifetime. In any case ethical approval should be obtained.

Relevant documents

[ 3 ] Biobanks for research