Engaging Maori in Biobanking and Genetic Research: Legal, Ethical, and Policy Challenges

Angela Beaton, Barry Smith, Valmaine Toki, Kim Southey, Maui Hudson
2015 International Indigenous Policy Journal  
Publically funded biobanking initiatives and genetic research should contribute towards reducing inequalities in health by reducing the prevalence and burden of disease. It is essential that Maori and other Indigenous populations share in health gains derived from these activities. The Health Research Council of New Zealand has funded a research project (2012)(2013)(2014)(2015) to identify Maori perspectives on biobanking and genetic research, and to develop cultural guidelines for ethical
more » ... nking and genetic research involving biospecimens. This review describes relevant values and ethics embedded in Maori indigenous knowledge, and how they may be applied to culturally safe interactions between biobanks, researchers, individual participants, and communities. Key issues of ownership, privacy, and consent are also considered within the legal and policy context that guides biobanking and genetic research practices within New Zealand. Areas of concern are highlighted and recommendations of international relevance are provided. To develop a productive environment for "next-generation" biobanking and genomic research,"'next-generation" regulatory solutions will be required.
doi:10.18584/iipj.2015.6.3.1 fatcat:5obttqllnvg7jhyh7mdvjw5q4a