International Stem Cell Programs

This page compiles information regarding the international conduct of stem cell research thay may be of interest to IASCR participants.

  • StemGen provides information about ethical, legal, and social issues related to stem cell research and related therapies. The StemGen database provides comprehensive information regarding current laws, policies, regulations and guidelines adopted by national, regional or international organizations. The site includes the StemGen WorldMap, a 50-country compendium of the laws and policies by region and country.
  • The International Consortium of Stem Cell Networks (ICSCN) is a ‘network of networks’ that aims to unify international efforts to accelerate opportunities to make stem cell therapy a reality for a broad range of debilitating diseases, by providing a forum for scientific discussion and exchange of best practice, organizing and promoting international workshops and symposia, facilitating the exchange of research between network members, and facilitating communication to help coordinate research and translation between different countries. The ICSCN has compiled information about global stem cell regulations.
  • The International Stem Cell Forum (ISCF) is made up funders of stem cell research from around the world. It was founded in January 2003 to encourage international collaboration and funding support for stem cell research, with the overall aim of promoting global good practice and accelerating progress in this vitally important area of biomedical science.
  • The International Stem Cell Initiative (ISCI) is a worldwide collaborative effort to establish basic criteria and techniques that will underpin the eventual development of applications for human embryonic stem (hES) cells in human medicine.
  • The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) is an independent, nonprofit organization established to promote and foster the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas relating to stem cells, to encourage the general field of research involving stem cells and to promote professional and public education in all areas of stem cell research and application.
  • The Office for Human Research Protections at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released the 2008 edition of its International Compilation of Human Research Protections. This Compilation lists approximately 900 laws, regulations, and guidelines that govern human subjects research in 84 countries. New this year is a separate section on differences in international standards governing research on stem cells, embryos, and cloning.