Pathogens collections, biobanks and related-data in a One Health legal and ethical perspective

Claire Lajaunie, Calvin Wai-Loon Ho

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SUMMARY Research on emerging infectious diseases calls for a work on collections of pathogens (including hosts or vectors from which the pathogens were isolated), related to human and animal health, to wildlife or on the environmental material. In this respect, the adoption of a One Health perspective is determined by the need for a common approach to consider the collection, storage and use of pathogens coming from human or non-human sources, and particularly when the same pathogen is taken from different environments. In response to this development, our purpose is to delineate a flexible regulation framework concerning collections of pathogens from various origins or hosts and their associated data in order to facilitate scientific work and research partnerships. The legal and ethical cutting-edge research on Biomedical Big Data is particularly stimulating when it comes to address challenges related to collections or biobanks of pathogens such as prior informed consent and accessibility, Material Transfer Agreement or benefit sharing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)688-696
Number of pages9
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • big data
  • emerging infectious diseases
  • environment
  • human health
  • Key wordsAnimal health
  • Nagoya Protocol
  • one health
  • Pathogens sharing

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