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Variations and voids: the regulation of human cloning around the world

Pattinson, S.D. and Caulfield, T. (2004) Variations and voids: the regulation of human cloning around the world. BMC Medical Ethics, 5 (9). ISSN 1472-6939


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No two countries have adopted identical regulatory measures on cloning. Understanding the complexity of these regulatory variations is essential. It highlights the challenges associated with the regulation of a controversial and rapidly evolving area of science and sheds light on a regulatory framework that can accommodate this reality.


Using the most reliable information available, we have performed a survey of the regulatory position of thirty countries around the world regarding the creation and use of cloned embryos (see Table 1). We have relied on original and translated legislation, as well as published sources and personal communications. We have examined the regulation of both reproductive cloning (RC) and non-reproductive cloning (NRC).


While most of the countries studied have enacted national legislation, the absence of legislation in seven of these countries should not be equated with the absence of regulation. Senator Morin was not correct in stating that the majority of recent legislation bans both RC and NRC. Recent regulatory moves are united only with regard to the banning of RC. While NRC is not permitted in seventeen of the countries examined, it could be permitted in up to thirteen countries.


There is little consensus on the various approaches to cloning laws and policies, and the regulatory position in many countries remains uncertain.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2004 Pattinson and Caulfield; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Law (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2014 18:45
Published Version: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/5/9
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1186/1472-6939-5-9
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1093

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