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An existing holding is material from the living or deceased that was already held for use for scheduled purposes when the HT Act came into force on 1 September 2006.
‘Relevant material’ is material other than gametes, which consists of, or includes, human cells. Relevant material does not include: (a) embryos outside the human body, or (b) hair and nail from the body of a living person.
A research tissue bank can store different types of biological material, including DNA, serum, cell lines and/or ‘relevant material’. ‘Relevant material’ is defined by the Human Tissue Act 2004 (HT Act).
A ‘research tissue bank’ (‘biobank’) is defined under the Governance Arrangements for Research Ethics Committees (GAfREC) as:
When a woman has decided her pregnancy remains are to be returned to her to make her own arrangements but fails to arrange to collect them, the establishment should have a policy in place to manage this.
The Human Tissue Act (HT Act) makes consent the fundamental principle underpinning the lawful storage and use of human bodies, body parts and tissue from the living or the deceased, for the purposes specified in the HT Act. The consent provisions of the HT Act do not apply, however, if the...
Establishments should ensure the following:
For additional information, please see ‘Managing Infection Risks when Handling the Deceased’ issued by the HSE in July 2018 which provides further detail on infection risk
The person wishing to donate their body should be given all the information necessary to make an informed decision. Consent forms should cover consent for all possible uses of the body. Relatives should also be informed of the possible timeframe in which the body may be used before completion of...
Risks assessments should include the risks relating to premises, individuals coming into contact with fresh frozen material, practices and procedures connected with licensed activities including: