Ethics and governance

Regulatory Framework

Biobanking activities should comply with all applicable regulation in the UK, as well as any other relevant legistlation or regulation.

» Human Tissue Act 2004 (external website)

» Human Tissue Authority Codes of Practice, England and Wales (external website)

» Data Protection Act 1998, England and Wales (external website)

» Human Tissue Act 2006, Scotland (external website)


Research conducted with human tissue samples requires ethical approval.

» National Research Ethics Service (NRES) (external website)