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Russia: Legislative Ban on Human Cloning Proposed

(Dec. 13, 2010) On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation for adoption by the legislature. It is expected that if approved by the government, the bill will be passed by both chambers of Russia's Federal Assembly (the legislature) in a speedy manner and may enter into force as of September 2011. (Minzdrav sotsrazvitiia Zapretit Primenenie Kletochnyh Tehnologii Dlia Klonirovaniia Cheloveka [Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development Will Prohibit the Use of Cell Technologies for Human Cloning] [in Russian], GAZETA.RU (Dec. 7, 2010),

According to a press release issued by the Deputy Minister of Health Care and Social Development, Veronika Skvortsova, and published on the Ministry's website, the bill aims at making a breakthrough in national biomedicine without violating ethical norms. “At present,” the press release stated, “there is no systemic approach in Russia toward biomedical cell technologies. Legislation in this field is fragmented and has many loopholes,” The bill provides for mandatory biomedical and ethical review of all cell technologies used in Russia, introduces a federal registry of cell technologies, prohibits the sale and purchase of cells, outlaws the use of cell technologies in human cloning, and establishes additional educational requirements for medical personnel participating in treating patients with cell products. (Press Release, Deputy Minister Skvortsova: Research and Use of Biomedical Cell Technologies Is Strategically Important for Modern Medicine [in Russian] (Dec. 6, 2010),