Human tissue banks

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Human tissue banks accreditation in Scotland

The scientific study of human tissue (such as blood, cells, joints) is an essential part of medical research across Scotland. Donated tissue can be used to improve our understanding of how diseases start, how they progress and what keeps us healthy.

This tissue is provided by donors with their explicit consent and stored and monitored in a quality-controlled environment known as a human tissue bank (or biorepository).

We are responsible for developing and implementing an accreditation scheme for NHS human tissue banks in Scotland. The aim of our work is to provide assurance to the public and research community that human tissue is collected, stored and used in the right way every time for improvement in healthcare.

As part of this work we have developed quality standards of operation and we have been assessing how the tissue banks collect, store and transfer tissue for research against these standards.

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Published Date: 15 April 2014