PAS 83 - Stem cell research guidance is available for review

The British Standards Institution’s (BSI) Publicly Available Specification (PAS) to map and inform industry and researchers of the critical path requirements for the development of stem cell therapeutics is now available for review before purchase.

PAS 83 - Guidance on standards, standardized methods and regulation for cell-based therapeutics, from basic research to clinical application was commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and produced in collaboration with key stakeholders across the UK including stem cell researchers, the biotech industry and regulators. The PAS explains which laws need to be adhered to and highlights important guidance and standards pertinent to each stage of the research and development process.

What is PAS 83?
PAS 83 is designed to raise awareness of relevant laws and standards across the stem cell community and to promote best practice across both academic and commercial stakeholder groups. It is intended that this PAS will act as a quick reference source on the requirements for exploitation of a cell-based therapy in the UK.

Sample pages can now be downloaded from the BSI website and free copies are available to media for review.

New industry
The government aims to make the UK a global leader in stem cell science and to enable its application to the commercial development of new therapeutics to treat a variety of diseases. By making PAS 83 widely available via the BSI website it is hoped that this will increase reassurance amongst the general public that the complex ethical issues surrounding cell-based therapy research are under strict regulation.

How to get a copy
PAS 83 is available to purchase at BSI’s online store. Click PAS 83 or visit

Published November 2006
ISBN 0 580 49088 2
BSI order ref PAS 83:2006
Price £18*

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For orders, please contact:

BSI Customer Services quoting marketing reference code PAS83-PR
Tel: +44 (0)20 8996 9001
Fax: +44 (0)20 8996 7001

*P&P – £5.95 UK (inclusive of VAT) added to subtotal, £9.95 Rest of World (plus VAT if applicable). BSI Member discounts apply to hardcopy standards only.VAT is applicable to all eShop downloads, DVDs, CDs and other electronic products.Pre-payment is required by non-Members. For details of BSI Membership, call +44 (0)20 8996 9001.All prices, content and publishing dates may be subject to change.

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PAS 83 is available for review. To make your request, please contact:

Yen Lay
Marketing Executive
British Standards
Tel: +44 (0)20 8996 7641
Fax: +44 (0)20 8996 7553

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