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International Declaration on Human Genetic Data 16 October 2003

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This chapter deals with the various articles of the International declaration on human genetic data adopted by the General Conference of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), meeting in Paris, held on 16 October 2003. Genetic information is part of the overall spectrum of medical data, and that the information content of any medical data, including genetic data and proteomic data, is highly contextual and dependent on the particular circumstances. The collection, processing, use and storage of human genetic data are of paramount importance for the progress of life sciences and medicine, for their applications and for the use of such data for non-medical purposes. All medical data, including genetic data and proteomic data, regardless of their apparent information content, should be treated with the same high standards of confidentiality.

Keywords: human genetic data; UNESCO



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