Join the Nottingham BioResource
The Nottingham BioResource is a “bank” of samples and data from people with common and rare diseases, as well as healthy members of the public.
The samples are donated by people who want them to be available for use in clinical research. The samples we collect from volunteers are often the samples you would give as part of your routine treatment and care – a sample of blood or urine, for example.
The Human Tissue Act
The Nottingham BioResource service operates under the Human Tissue Act 2004. This is a legal framework which regulates the “removal, storage, use and disposal of human bodies, organs and tissues”.
The Act came into effect on the 1st September 2006 and applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Nottingham BioResource is a Human Tissue Authority (HTA) licensed facility.
Human biological samples for research must be traceable from collection through to disposal.
The work the Nottingham BioResource does is reviewed and approved by an independent Research Ethics Committee (RECs).
The role of Research Ethics Committees is to decide if research is ethical. They are part of a framework that regulates research, under the NHS Health Research Authority.
The Nottingham BioResource has the below ethics approval in place:
- Research Tissue Bank (REC REF: XX/XX/00XX)
- Rare Diseases (REC REF: XX/XX/00XX)
Requests to use samples and data from the Nottingham BioResource are considered by an expert Committee. Our Committee involves members of the public and patients who work with our panel of experts to consider these requests.
If you would be interested in volunteering to be a member of the Access Committee, please contact us
You can find out about other volunteering opportunities in clinical research in Nottingham on the Research Hub [hyperlink to Research Hub].