Executive Order 12806
Executive Order 12806 of May 19, 1992
Establishment of a Fetal Tissue Bank
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to provide a source of human tissue to develop treatments and research methods for various diseases, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Establishment of a Fetal Tissue Bank.
- The Secretary of Health and Human Services ("Secretary") shall establish a human fetal tissue bank. The fetal tissue in the bank shall be obtained exclusively from ectopic pregnancies and spontaneous abortions.
Sec. 2. Procedures.
- The Secretary shall establish procedures for making tissue from the bank available for meritorious research projects selected through an appropriate peer review process. The Secretary shall include in the bank a registry of physicians and hospitals interested in using the tissue from the bank to further specific medical objectives.
Sec. 3. Policies.
- The Secretary shall develop human fetal cell lines in a manner consistent with current policy and ensure that the actions directed by sections 2 and 3 of this order are carried out in accordance with all other applicable legal requirements related to fetal tissue.
Sec. 4. Report.
- The Secretary shall report his progress in carrying out this order to the President on or before December 31, 1992.