Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Research Tissue Banks – new eLearning modules

Issue date: 
28 October 2019

We and the Health Research Authority (HRA) have worked together on the production of two new eLearning modules. This is the first time that the organisations have collaborated on the development of learning resources.

Research Tissue Banks – an Introduction is designed to help Research Ethics Committee (REC) members, Research and Development staff, Research Tissue Bank (RTB) managers, designated individuals and other staff be aware of the structure of RTBs, the regulations and ethics behind them. This module outlines the process and issues involved in the ethical review of RTBs, and outlines their licensing arrangements in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

How to ethically review an RTB – a guide for REC members is designed to support REC members with the ethical review of RTB applications. However, the module may also be of interest to researchers preparing to submit applications. This module highlights ethical issues to consider when reviewing RTB applications. It explains how to distinguish RTBs from project-specific applications involving tissue and sets out licensing arrangements of RTBs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Both modules are available on the HRA’s learning management platform.

Last updated on: 20 May 2020