Information for Researchers
Compliance with the Human Tissue Act (HT Act) is relatively straightforward and the standards and procedures required would generally be considered good research practice. The HTA view human tissue as a very valuable resource and want to ensure its use/storage has been consented to and the tissue is looked after. A number of documents have been written by the Human Tissue Act Compliance Team and approved by the Cardiff University HTA Working Group for use in research involving human tissue (see below). For further advice on any of these documents please contact the Human Tissue Act Compliance Team (HTA@cf.ac.uk).
Code of Practice for Human Tissue Research
The Cardiff University Code of Practice for Human Tissue Research summarises all the requirements for the collection, storage, use and distribution of human tissue for research purposes. The Code of Practice must be read and followed by everyone who uses human tissue for research purposes within the University.
Quality Manual and Standard Operating Procedures
A Cardiff University HTA Quality Manual has been developed to ensure compliance with the HT Act and the standards and guidance set by the HTA. The Quality Manual must be read by all staff and students working on research projects involving human tissue and the declaration contained in within must be signed to confirm the Quality Manual has been read and understood.
The Cardiff University HTA Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been drafted to ensure that all research projects comply with HTA Standards. These SOPs must be followed by all staff and students working on research projects involving human tissue and the declaration contained in each SOP must be signed to confirm the SOP has been read and understood
The most up-to-date versions of the Quality Manual and SOPs can be found below: