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The types of ‘relevant material’ being stored varies between establishments. The data shows us that there are also many different storage conditions, ranging from room temperature storage to frozen storage conditions.
The number of samples of ‘relevant material’ varies greatly between establishments. The establishment with the largest collection holds over six million samples, while several establishments hold fewer than 100 samples.
A research tissue bank (RTB) or biobank is a collection of human tissue or other biological material, which is stored for future research use. Some RTBs store samples in order to answer a very specific question about health, while others collect for future use without knowing exactly for what...
Out of 165 establishments, 43% (77) are classified as ‘Academic’, 37% (66) are ‘Commercial’, and 14% (25) are NHS-affiliated establishments. Four licensed establishments are charities and six consider themselves to be in the ‘Other’ category. The ‘other’ category includes government bodies and...
The Human Tissue Act 2004 (Persons who Lack Capacity to Consent and Transplants) Regulations 2006 (Regulations) require that an AA must have conducted separate interviews with the donor, the person giving consent on the donor’s behalf and the recipient in order to gather the material that must...
It is important that the AAs are independent of the transplant unit, the donor, person consenting on behalf of the donor and recipient.
If you are interested in applying to become an AA, but unsure whether you meet the requirements, you should read the AA role specification and contact the Stem Cell Coordinator at your nearest stem cell unit in the first instance.
Under the Human Tissue Act 2004, any potential donation of bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) from adults who lack capacity to consent and children who lack competence to consent, must be assessed by an Accredited Assessor (AA) and a report submitted to the HTA for decision.