Table 2. What laboratorians and researchers should do before conducting research on human tissue specimens.
1.Understand and be in compliance with state and federal laws.
2.List the components of a quality consent form [see Mello and Wolf (20) for different approaches to the informed consent].
3.Inform research participants as much as possible about how their specimens will be used now and in the future.
4.Have protocols and consent forms reviewed and approved by an IRB committee.
5.If additional uses are identified, additional consent should be obtained, specimens should be deidentified, or an IRB waiver of consent should be obtained.