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Open Life Science

There is a lot of talk about being open in research nowadays: open access, transparency, FAIR principles… but what does it mean and how does it affect you? Emma Lawrence, Engagement Manager explains all in this blog.

Supporting Researchers with Governance in Biobanking

Supporting Researchers with Governance in Biobanking Researchers need more support when it comes to sharing tissue samples and data a new report by the MRC Regulatory Support Centre has revealed. Confusion over whether consent allowed sharing, and with the paperwork and logistics of sharing was found. The results were based on a survey of 365 researchers and research managers (July to October 2019). The report covered a range of issues… Read More »Supporting Researchers with Governance in Biobanking

Commercial Principles

Principles for organisations integrating with the UKCRC Tissue Directory. This document sets out the core principles that the Centre should adopt when considering any commercial opportunities that may arise from the Directory. These principles shall be used by the legal teams at UCL or Nottingham to draw up an agreement with an organisation wishing to engage with the Directory under one of two possible scenarios: (1) An organisation wishing to… Read More »Commercial Principles

ISO Biobank Standards

ISO Biobank Standards Assuring researchers as to the quality or standard of a Biobank is an important issue. We are here to keep you abreast of all the latest developments in the field. You may have heard that new ISO Biobank standards are coming soon, but who is writing them and how can you get involved? Gareth Bicknell, HBRC Operations Manager at the University of Birmingham explains more here. What… Read More »ISO Biobank Standards

codes of practice

New HTA 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 important resources which help researchers and establishments comply with our… Read More »New HTA codes of practice