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Use of human samples in biomedical investigation

1. Right of information

The Policies of use of human samples in biomedical investigation of the Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO) underline the need to regulate the compliance of the principles of integrity of the people and the protection of the dignity and the identity of the human being in any biomedical investigation that uses human samples.

According to the statements established by the Organic Law 15/1999, 13 December, about Protection of Personal Information, and in the Law 14/2007, 3 July, about Biomedical Research, the subjects of the samples must know that his/her information (when the sample is not anonimized) is incorporated into an electronic personal data file, being CNIO the holder of the responsibility of the management and maintenance of the aforementioned file; and that his/her samples will remain properly stored in the CNIO Biobank/Biosample collection, under its responsibility.

2. Purpose

The samples will be used in biomedical cancer research projects in order to advance the knowledge of the prognosis, diagnosis and treatment of the aforementioned disease.

When the samples are destined for a specific project the title of the project will be included in the informative document for the subject of the samples, so the subject will know the specific project in which they are going to be used.

The personal information will be used only for the development of the projects to which the samples are destined or in order to contact the subject or their relatives in case of need, as the Law foresees, and always under his/her authorization.

3. Consent of the subject

All the samples used by CNIO for investigation have the correspondent IC, either obtained in the diagnostic session when the subject yields the surplus of his/her sample or obtained for the project to which it is specifically destined.

This consent includes the authorization by the subject for the use of his/her sample and the processing of his/her personal data.

4. Security

For the development of the investigation the samples will undergo a process of dissociation so the participating researchers will have no access to the personal information with the exception of the genetic investigations in which this information is necessary for the investigation, having access in this case only the head investigator of the project. The personal information will be used only for the development of the projects to which the samples are destined or in order to contact the subject or his/her relatives in case of need, as the Law foresees, and always under his/her authorization.

The samples will remain properly stored in the CNIO Biobank/Biosample collection under the necessary measurements of security and preservation to guarantee a limited access to them and to maintain them in ideal conditions for their use in the research process.

5. Research results

Every participant in a research project has the right to know the results of the project and he/she will be able to do it through our web page or by contacting us. If the results are relevant for the subject or his/her relatives, they will be informed of them if the subject has asked for it or if the specialist in charge of the research thinks that they are of vital importance to the subject or his/her relatives, although the subject has not authorized it.

6. Rights of Access, Rectification, Cancellation and Objection of information and of reversal of consent for the use of the sample

All subjects whose data is on file can at any moment exercise his/her right according to the information indicated in the protection epigraph of personal information.

All the subjects that provide a sample for biomedical research have the right to revoke their IC and to the destruction of their sample in research occurring at this time but not of the results obtained up to this moment. To exercise the right of revoking the use of the sample, you must send the corresponding request (cash on delivery) to the following address:

Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas
Att Secretarias de Dirección
C/ Melchor Fernández Almagro 3
28029 MADRID

For this the user must use the forms that are attached and send them with the corresponding certification of identity documentation

7. Modification of current policy

CNIO reserves the right to modify the present policies to adapt them to future legislative or jurisprudential changes, without prior warning.