codes of practice

New HTA codes of practice

In April the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) published updated Codes of practice. This guest blog by Regulation Manager Fiona Maleady-Crowe explains what this means for Biobanks. What are the Codes of Practice? The HTA’s Codes of Practice provide practical guidance on the human tissue legislation and set out the HTA’s licensing standards. The Codes are[…]


Patient data and tissue samples – benefits, barriers and concerns

On the 9th May The Centre co-hosted the workshop “Patient data and tissue samples – benefits, barriers and concerns” along with Use MY Data, Independent Cancer Patient’s Voice (ICPV) and the NCRI’s Cellular & Molecular Pathology (CM-Path) initiative. The event was a good opportunity to delve into the issues associated with tissue sample and data[…]


UK Biobanks now in the BBMRI-ERIC directory

UKCRC Tissue directory registered Biobanks are now discover-able in the BBMRI-ERIC directory. The Centre represents the UK within Biobanking and BioMolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI) – European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC; BBMRI-ERIC). As part of the Centre’s continued commitment to prevent duplication of effort, all UKCRC Tissue directory registered Biobanks will be automatically registered in[…]

NC3Rs Workshop: Human tissue models for cancer research

On the 1st and 2nd March the centre attended the NC3Rs workshop: Human tissue models for cancer research. Here, we outline the day’s events and what we learned. The first day was opened by Professor Gareth Thomas who gave a pathologists perspective, highlighting the importance of the tumour microenvironment which means research should focus on[…]

MRC invests in UK Biobanking

The Medical Research Council has announced a new funding call “Capital investment in human tissue banking and linked data, in partnership with charities.” £5 million will be available to support 2 – 5 human tissue Biobanks with linked data. The funds will support focussed, world class repositories including linkage with clinical data. “Human tissue –[…]