The Texas Medical Board has approved guidelines for the use of adult stem cells.
The new rules say that the procedure must be part of a clinical trial and have the approval of the Food and Drug Administration or an institutional review board. Leigh Hopper, a spokesperson for the Texas Medical Board says these institutions will make sure the use of adult stem cells is safe, ethical and that patients give informed consent.
Hopper says board members felt that since patients already have access to adult stem cells, the procedure needs to be regulated.
“Since this is occurring right now, the majority of the board felt that it was important to put some sort of framework in place to protect patients,” said Hopper.