The National Research Ethics Service (NRES) have recently streamlined local ethics committee approval and Human Tissue Authority (HTA) licensing for the collection and storage of human tissue. Previously, many researchers had their own tissue banks, which were covered by a broad ethical approval allowing the samples to be used for a variety of research projects without license from the Human Tissue Authority. For researchers to continue collecting and storing tissue for research, they need to either: 

1.     Apply for new project-specific ethical approvals with defined end-points.

2.     Set up a research tissue bank under license from the HTA.

This is a potential problem for researchers, as individual project-specific ethics approval would need to be submitted for each new research idea and setting up a research tissue bank requires a robust infrastructure that takes a significant amount of time and effort to implement and maintain.

The MCRC Biobank aims to address this by centralising the collection of samples - facilitating our scientists' research.

Who can access samples?

Researchers requesting samples from the MCRC Biobank will be classified in one of four groups as detailed below:

a)     MCRC  members contributing samples

b)     MCRC members not contributing samples

c)     External Academic (non-commercial)

d)     Commercial

MCRC contributing members are defined as:

  • Active suppliers to the MCRC Biobank
  • Pathologists involved in sampling for the Biobank at collaborating Trusts
  • Clinicians who have actively assisted with implementation of sample collection for that particular disease group

MCRC non-contributing members are defined as:

  • Researchers in MCRC institutions (The Christie, University of Manchester, CRUK Manchester Institute)
  • Researchers in collaborating Trusts who are not active suppliers to the MCRC Biobank