Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research Branch

National Cancer Institute

Website for the BBRB, which provides leadership, tools, resources, and policies in biobanking for the global biomedical research community.

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Disability Discrimination

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

EEOC site outlining the different types of disability discrimination.

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Food Safety

Describes provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 and their role in strengthening the food safety system. 

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GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health

New England Journal of Medicine
Aug. 20, 2015
Philip J. Landrigan and Charles Benbrook

Describes the impact of two recent changes in the GMO landscape, and considers their larger implications. 

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NIH Data Sharing Policy

National Institutes of Health

This site includes the NIH Statement on Sharing Research Data (2003), Data Sharing Regulations for NIH Awards, and other information on the NIH data sharing policy.

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Characterizing biobank organizations in the U.S.

Genome Medicine
Jan. 2013
Henderson et al.

Results from a national survey of U.S. biobanks, including information on location, reason for establishment, research focus, collections, and organizational structure.

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U.S. Government

Federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide.

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Codex Alimentarius

World Health Organization

The Codex, administered by WHO and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, establishes international food safety benchmarks to promote consumer safety. 

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Principles for Responsible Clinical Trial Data Sharing

Jul. 2013

A joint agreement produced by pharmaceutical trade groups PhRMA and EFPIA, affirming the industry’s commitment to responsible data sharing.

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Biobank resources for future patient care: developments, principles and concepts

Journal of Clinical Bioinformation
Sept. 2011
Ákos Végvári et al

An overview of global biobank development, outlining the critical research role of biobanks and their potential impact on patient care.

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Food Labeling Litigation

June 2014
Nicole E. Negowetti

Report on food labeling class action lawsuits and FDA regulatory authority. 

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Disability and Health

World Health Organization

Fact sheet providing key facts about disability and barriers to healthcare.

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Clinical Trial Data Portal Gateway


This site offers a published list of major pharmaceutical companies’ online portals aimed at advancing responsible clinical trial data sharing.

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WMA Declaration on Ethical Considerations Regarding Health Databases and   Biobanks

World Medical Association
March 2015

A supplemental declaration to the Declaration of Helskini, which provides additional principles for the ethical use of human biological materials in biobanks, as well as the ethical use of data in health databases.

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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996

104th Congress

Full text of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the key federal law governing data privacy and security of medical information.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the federal gateway to information on vaccines and immunization for infants, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. provides resources from federal agencies for the general public and their communities about vaccines across the lifespan.

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Food and Drug Law Institute

Non-profit site providing a space for discussion of food and drug law, including conferences and publications. 

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Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

United Nations

A U.N. convention to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.

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The Patient-Physician Relationship

American Medical Association

This is a report by the American Medical Association’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs addressing ethical obligations of physicians and conflicts of interest.

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Sharing of Clinical Trials Data: Benefits, Risks, and Uniform Principles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Michael Rosenblatt et al.

This commentary discusses the benefits and risks of data sharing from the perspective of persons with experience in academic medicine, government, and medical publishing, as well as the pharmaceutical industry.

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