The use of human tissue in research is highly regulated. Implementation of the Human Tissue Act (2004) followed organ retention scandals in the 1990’s. The Act governs the “removal, storage, use and disposal of human bodies, organs and tissues”.
All research projects involving human tissue samples must gain the appropriate approvals. You may need Research Ethics Committee (REC) approval and NHS permission where appropriate. Storage of any tissues kept for future use must under a Human Tissue Authority licence.
Access to this material is overseen by an Access Committee. This also applies to the storage of clinical data, which must be under the Data Protection Act (1998).
These pages include information required for working with human tissue here in Newcastle:
- The Human Tissue Act (2004)
- Materials classed as tissues under the Act – known as “Relevant Material”.
- Methods for obtaining, storing, transferring, using and disposing of tissue.
- Resources for staff working with human tissue
- Quality Documents
For any enquiries about the supply of human tissue for commercial purposes, outside the auspices of a commercially sponsored research study, please contact Sheila Graham: sheila.graham2@nuth.