Canadian Stem Cell Foundation

Dedicated to furthering stem cell therapy research and growth from a Canadian point-of-view, we envision a future where many chronic and incurable conditions are dealt with swiftly and effectively. Browse our site and learn about what’s possible, the progress that’s been made so far and how you can help.

Following Through - Realizing the promise of stem cells

Find Stem Cell Therapy Clinics

Find qualified and professionally reviewed stem cell clinics near you that can provide FREE consultations so you can decide if this is right for you:

Vancouver Stem Cell Treatment Centre

750 W. Broadway, Suite 309 | Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 1H2, Canada | (604) 708-2355

Welcome Back Regenerative Medicine Centre

474 Columbia Street 101 | Kamloops, British Columbia V2C2T5, Canada | (250) 828-6740

Ontario Stem Cell Treatment Centre

205 Douglas Street | Sudbury, Ontario P3E 1E9 | Canada | (705) 674-4300 or TOLL FREE 1(855) 674-4300

For Toronto and Ottawa please contact our service team.

What Are Stem Cells?

Learn about what stem cells are, why they are important and how they are going to revolutionize healing and medical care in Canada.

What Can Be Treated By PRP / Stem Cell Injections?

Not all conditions are effectively treated by PRP injections or stem cell therapy, and with ongoing clinical trials it’s important to realize what stem cells can and cannot help with. We’ve built a comprehensive list of the different types of conditions that stem cell therapy shows promise for, however if you don’t find it listed we’d recommend checking out Danish health website Doc24.dk. Regular maintenance of health is key to making sure long-term issues don’t arise as we age, and part of that is a rich, balanced diet and careful supplementation.

Is Stem Cell Therapy Legal in Canada?

Legal Situation in CanadaResearch on human embryos in general, and stem cell research in particular, has been the subject of public debate in Canada since the late 1980s. In 2002, the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) issued guidelines for research on human embryonic stem cell lines, which have been revised and reissued several times since 2005 (most recently in 2007). These guidelines regulate the allocation of state funds in the field of research on human embryonic stem cells and concern both the handling of existing stem cell lines and the establishment of new stem cell lines.

The guidelines specify a number of important conditions that must be fulfilled in order for research projects to be eligible for funding. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Research must have potential benefits for the health of Canadian citizens.
  • The embryos used must not have been created specifically for research purposes, but must have become ‘surplus’ as part of an IVF procedure.
  • The free and informed consent of donors must be guaranteed at all stages of the project.

The Stem Cell Oversight Committee (SCOC) was set up to ensure that research projects comply with the provisions of the Directive and to address the complex ethical issues surrounding research projects. Any project applying for government funding in the field of stem cell research must first be positively evaluated by the SCOC.

Assisted Human Reproduction Act

In addition to the regulation of state funding, the Assisted Human Reproduction Act came into force in 2004, which broadly regulates the field of reproductive medicine. Unlike the guidelines of the CIHR, it is not merely a guideline for state funding of certain research activities, but a law that places certain activities under state control and generally prohibits others. Research on human embryos is one of the “controlled activities” of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. According to § 8 Para. 3, the approval according to § 10 Para. 2 requires the consent of the donor after clarification of the intended use. The Assisted Human Reproduction Agency of Canada (AHRAC), established by law, is responsible for granting authorisations and monitoring research activities.

The extraction of ES cells also falls under this section and is therefore permitted in Canada. The use of in vitro embryos for research purposes, including the derivation of stem cells, is subject to the following conditions under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act:

  • Consent of the embryo donor (pursuant to § 14 (2)).
  • Use of in vitro embryos for the intended research purpose (§ 40 para. 2).
  • No use after the 14th day of embryonic development (Sect. 5 d).
  • Licensing by AHRAC.

Human Cloning

The production of a human clone is prohibited according to § 5 a Assisted Human Reproduction Act. This provision also includes so-called ‘therapeutic cloning by nuclear transfer‘. According to § 5 b, the creation of embryos for purposes other than the creation of a human being or the improvement of artificial reproduction procedures is also prohibited. The law does not apply to the handling of already established human embryonic stem cell lines.

Recent News

The CBC news network and other media responded to Twitter posts and a YouTube live video about unapproved treatments that lately came up. Patients that suffer from chronic pain or disease could benefit from stem-cell therapies. Canadians who have been treated more open by their federal and other regulatory laws about unlicensed stem cell therapies are asking for the legalization or this procedure.

A new company now made it their mission to offer direct-to-customer opportunities for trainees and people in general which can mean a big advantage for a patient. Unproven stories about this training in marketing and science services are offering support for approved stem-cell professionals.

William C. Hilberg
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