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The data we received in relation to governance and quality systems was positive. 98% of establishments reported having documented policies and procedures in place for all licensable activities.
Research establishments reported that they comply with the HTA’s licensing standards on consent.
We asked establishments to provide us with details on the types of donors that participate in research. The data we received shows that NHS patients (27%), healthy volunteers (26%) and establishment staff (24%) make up the majority of the types of donors. Private patients make up 12% and 11%...
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...
We were asked to provide information on the complaints against the Wellcome Sanger Institute regarding the handling and storage of human tissue. We were also asked to provide reports on the compliance of the establishment and our communications with them.