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Tommy’s National Reproductive Health Biobank is the first of its kind to help collect biological samples from pregnant and non-pregnant women and their babies, across six centres in the U.K.

Tommy’s National Reproductive Health Biobank were extremely proud to receive an honourable mention for the UKCRC TDCC UK Biobank of the year 2020.

The panel would like to extend an honourable mention to this biobank as they were impressed by Tommy’s application, including the rich data it supplies and evidence of its ability to cater to an unmet need. They commend the biobank for providing an important specialist resource that is specific to one area of medicine. They noted that evidence of collaboration with industry and patient support charities was clearly provided and how that work provided benefit to patients”

Tommy’s National Reproductive Health Biobank, established in 2018, gives researchers access to a large database of biological samples. These samples help our researchers to find new ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent pregnancy complications. Biobanks have revolutionised treatment for other conditions, such as cancer. We hope the Tommy’s biobank will do the same for miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.

Samples Distributed

Projects Approved


Customer Satisfaction


Participants Consented

Samples Stored

The biobank has approval from Wales Research Ethics Committee to consent donors for this project. The donors are consented at the four Tommy’s funded research centres, which all hold HTA licences.

The Human Tissue Act 2004 covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It established the Human Tissue Authority to regulate activities concerning the removal, storage, use and disposal of human tissue. Human tissue legislation in Scotland differs from that in the rest of the UK. The NRS Biorepositories are  accredited by an independent expert panel using criteria comparable to those for research tissue banks in the rest of the UK. For more information please visit

The Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research
The Tommy’s Maternal and Fetal Research Centre
The Tommy’s Maternal and Fetal Research Centre
The Tommy’s Maternal and Fetal Research Centre