Gene therapy

Health Council of the Netherlands: Committee on Gene Therapy
Record ID 31998008646
Authors' objectives:

Advisory report on the current level of knowledge concerning gene therapy

Authors' results and conclusions: This report contains a precise description of the concept of somatic gene therapy and discusses its background and possible applications. There is a description and analysis of the results achieved to date. Societal issues and regulatory measures are discussed, and points to consider in the context of the development of gene therapy in the Netherlands are outlined.
Authors' recommendations: The Committee sees somatic gene therapy as a logical step in the application of fundamental biology to medicine, something which is expected to eventually open some highly promising avenues. However, it notes that the technology is still in its early trial stage, and is not yet mature enough for standard clinical use. The current state of development of the technology is ideally suited for defining more detailed regulations where existing legislation falls short. It is important to urgently define more detailed regulations concerning quality assurance for biological products for medical use, and for cell manipulation - in this case their genetic modification - for clinical administration purposes.
Authors' methods: Technology assessment
Project Status: Completed
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Year Published: 1997
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Netherlands
MeSH Terms
  • Technology Assessment, Biomedical
Organisation Name: Health Council of the Netherlands Gezondheidsraad
Contact Address: Postbus 16052, 2500 BB Den Haag, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 70 340 7520;Fax: +31 70 340 7523
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