Human Stem Cell Research

Determine if ESCRO Approval is Needed

February 10, 2017

ESCRO review and approval is needed when any of the following biological materials are used for research purposes:

  • Human embryonic stem cells (hESC)
  • Materials derived from a human embryo, including hESC-derived neural progenitors and other hESC derivatives
  • Other human pluripotent stem cells, including human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) or their derivatives when the research involves
    • Introduction of the cells into animals at any stage of development or maturity
    • In vitro experiments designed or expected to yield gametes (oocytes or sperm)
  • ESCRO approval is also required for all research proposing to generate new hESC lines