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Welcome to the Data and Tissues Tool Kit

The Health Research Authority have implemented HRA Approval, which combines ethical review with the legal and governance checks that NHS R&D offices used to perform. For more please see HRA Approval – What you need to know.

The new EU General Data Protection Regulation will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018. The implications for research are explained in this Lancet article and further guidance is available on the ICO website.

The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre was launched in March 2015 to support the work of biobanks by improving access to their human tissue samples for research purposes.

This site was developed by the MRC, in close collaboration with NRES and CAG (now part of the Health Research Authority), HTA, NHS R&D Forum, AMS and other UKCRC partners. It is updated by the MRC Regulatory Support Centre.

Ready to use a Route Map?

The route maps take you through the process of setting up, managing and finishing a research project. Click on each station to obtain more information on that particular stage in the process.

Organisations & Policies

Information for research managers in universities, NHS organisations and research units on the Research passport, HTA Inspections, research management tools, etc.

Research Scenarios

Examples of how legislative and good practice requirements can be implemented in particular research projects.

MRC Regulatory Support Centre

Support and guidance for those conducting research with human participants, their tissues or data