Navigating the regulatory and ethical framework

Working with the Human Tissue Authority, we have developed a series of decision trees to help guide researchers through the regulatory framework for accessing and using human tissue to help overcome the often cited barrier that this is complex and confusing. The decision trees cover what is considered relevant material, licencing for storage of human tissue and whether consent is required for research.        

Relevant Material: Determining if the human tissue you intend to use is considered relevant material (any tissue or sample containing human cells - some exclusions apply) and what licence you will need.   


Storing human tissue: Navigating the licensing requirements for storing human tissue for research.


Consent: Determining if consent is required to use human tissue for research.


Other resources on this topic can be found on the MRC Regulatory Support Centre webpages.