Role of the French Ministry of Research & Higher Education

In France, using human skin tissue for scientific purposes requires the approval and authorization of the Ministry of Research and Higher Education. This Ministry defines the main guidelines and distributes funds according to specific criteria.

Using human skin tissue for scientific purposes also requires the approval and authorization of the French Ethical Committee (Comité de Protection de Personnes or CPP) and the French Ministry of Research and Higher Education.

Genoskin’s high quality dermatological testing models are created from real human skin that is donated and collected in France with the informed consent of every individual donor in full respect of the Declaration of Helsinki.

Approval of the French Ministry of Research & Higher Education

The French Ministry of Research and Higher Education creates and implements the national policy for research and innovation. It defines the main guidelines and distributes funds according to the objectives sets. It also oversees research organizations and providers of higher education.

On March 8th, 2012, Genoskin received a 5-year authorization from the French Ministry of Higher Education & Research for:

The collection of biological samples of human origin
The processing and storage of these samples
The distribution of biological samples for scientific use

This authorization was obtained in respect of:

The French Code of Public Health, more specifically articles L.1243-4, R.1243-61 and subsequent articles
The French Ministerial Order of August 16, 2007 that lists the requirements before submitting a request for authorizations to preserve and prepare elements of the human body for scientific purposes

This authorization has enabled us to create innovative human skin models to help industries move forward in an ethical way.

CPP – Committee for the Protection of Persons

In France, authorizations from the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research also depend on the advice of the Committee for the Protection of Persons (CPP), in accordance with the French Law of August 9th 2004 on Biomedical Research. CPPs have a co-decisive role in authorizations to conduct biomedical research.