KeywordEthics; Licensing; UK National Health Service; Human Tissue Act; Human tissue; Tissue banking; Cost recovery
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AbstractFollowing legislative changes in 2004 and the establishment of the Human Tissue Authority, access to human tissues for biomedical research became a more onerous and tightly regulated process. Ethical Tissue was established to meet the growing demand for human tissues, using a process that provided ease of access by researchers whilst maintaining the highest ethical and regulatory standards. The establishment of a licensed research tissue bank entailed several key criteria covering ethical, legal, financial and logistical issues being met. A wide range of stakeholders, including the HTA, University of Bradford, flagged LREC, hospital trusts and clinical groups were also integral to the process.
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CitationAdams K and Martin S (2011) Ethical tissue: a not-for-profit model for human tissue supply. Cell and Tissue Banking. 12(1): 9-10.
Link to publisher’s versionhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10561-010-9203-7
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