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.
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 hta.gov.uk