Human Tissue Authority Licensing
Under the Human Tissue Act, RTBs in England, Wales and
Northern Ireland storing relevant material for use in as yet unspecified
research must obtain a licence from the Human Tissue Authority (HTA).
It is strongly recommended that any application for
ethical review is made to a flagged REC for research tissue banks.
Flagged RECs can be identified using the advanced search tool in our
Find your local REC section.
Applicants for ethical review of RTBs will be expected
to provide the REC with a copy of the licence as a condition of ethical
approval except where:
The RTB is established in Scotland.
The biological material to be stored for use in
research is outside the definition of 'relevant material' under the
Human Tissue Act, for example DNA, plasma, serum, cell lines.