"Pathology has more people engaged in research than any other field of medicine. Pathologists contribute specialist expertise to underpin the quality of research and provide access to well characterised, high quality human biosamples" - National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI)

The research aspects of the human tissue legislation impact on Pathology research and Pathologists involved in research, in the same way as it does for others using human tissue in research. The legal requirements differ in Scotland to the rest of the UK; and this is explored in the sections below.