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Research establishments reported their involvement in a variety of different types of research (graph below).
NHS patients and healthy volunteers make up the majority of the types of donors with 31% and 32% respectively. Relevant material is also collected from establishment staff (22%) and private patients (15%) (graph below). This is comparable with data collected in 2017.
The graph provides information on the number of establishments that have different storage conditions ranging from room temperature storage to ultra-low frozen storage facilities. All establishments that store relevant material under critical conditions have temperature monitoring systems and...
The size of relevant material collections varies greatly between establishments; the establishment with the largest collection holds nearly one million samples, while some establishments hold fewer than 100 samples.
41% of establishments that hold a research licence either are a research tissue bank (RTB) or contain at least one RTB (70/171) (graph below). This is very similar to the previous 2017 data.
The graph below provides a breakdown of the types of establishments that hold HTA licences in the Research sector.
All establishments licensed in our Anatomy, Post-Mortem, Public Display and Research sectors are required to provide us with periodic updates of licensing information and to complete a compliance questionnaire.
We found that there is a range of ‘relevant material’ being stored and used across Anatomy establishments (Figure 6). A comparison with the data submitted in 2017 suggests that the use of softfix embalmed bodies has increased (Figure 7), although we did not specifically ask about the use of...
The data we received in 2019 shows that 23 Anatomy establishments loan or transfer specimens to other locations (graph below). This ensures that the widest group of individuals can benefit from the donated material.Specimens are loaned for varying reasons. This can include establishments that...