[Informed consent for genetic information management in Colombian law]. Academic Article


  • Revista de derecho y genoma humano = Law and the human genome review


  • Deciphering the human genome has allowed the development of new health care ways which have been generically referred to as genomic medicine. However, this new knowledge is not devoid of risks related to the access and use of genetic information, involving not only the individual, but also the biological family, ethnic group and community to which he/she belong to. This affects both individual and collective rights, which must be protected by law. This manuscript reviews the Colombian law, specifically in terms of the access and use of genetic information for diagnostic and treatment purposes, focusing on the informed consent process. The concept of genetic information, the risks and benefits associated with genetic data management and the description and critical analysis of the present Colombian regulations were thus reviewed. As a conclusion, the juridical framework of Colombia shows deficiencies regarding the protection of both individual and collective rights linked to the access and use of genetic information.

publication date

  • 2011-7-1


  • Colombia
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Formal Social Control
  • Genetic Phenomena
  • Human Genome
  • Information Management
  • Informed Consent
  • Medicine
  • Risk Assessment
  • Therapeutics

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1134-7198

number of pages

  • 41

start page

  • 183

end page

  • 223