Draft Guidelines on Stem Cells


A draft of the NIH Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research was issued on Friday, April 17. This draft is a crucial step toward implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13505, Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells. Establishing policy and procedures under which NIH will support research in this area will help to ensure that NIH-funded research is ethically responsible, scientifically valuable, and in compliance with the law.

In developing our draft, we have considered the NIH Guidelines issued in 2000, along with guidelines since developed by national and international committees of scientists, bioethicists, patient advocates, physicians, and other stakeholders, including the U.S. National Academies and the International Society for Stem Cell Research.

We welcome your comments on the draft Guidelines. Please submit your thoughts through our online system or via postal mail at NIH Stem Cell Guidelines, MSC 7997, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7997. Please note that all comments will be made public, including any personally identifiable or confidential business information they may contain.

Thank you for sharing your ideas as we work together to establish responsible procedures for meaningful research.