Storage of Research Specimens

Since the implementation of the Human Tissue Act (2004), there are specific requirements for the storage of research specimens. The toolkit below  describes the steps which should be taken to establish if the research specimens of interest need to be stored in a HTA licenced faciltiy. The UCL-RFH Biobank is a HTA licenced facility (No. 11016)

What is relevant material?

“Relevant material” as defined in the Human Tissue Act (2004) Part 3 Point 53 means: “…material, other than gametes, which consists of, or includes human cells. In the Act, references to relevant material from a human body do not include (a) embryos outside the human body, or (b) hair and nail from the body of a living person.”

For further information regarding the HTA see