FAQs

How long does it take to approve a tissue access application?

The approval process takes 4 to 6 weeks from the date of submission.

What is a material transfer agreement?

The Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a legal agreement between the applicant and the Tommy’s National Reproductive Health Biobank that stipulates the conditions upon which we supply the tissue to the applicant. The MTA will be sent to you at the start of the application process. Your legal or contracts team will need to agree and sign the MTA before tissue can be dispatched. 

Do you provide samples to commercial organisations?

We welcome applications from commercial companies, which we will review on a case by case basis.

What happens if my application is rejected?

If your application is rejected, the committee will provide advice and guidance on your application to make sure it gets through the approval process. They will ask you to resubmit the form with tracked changes.

Do I need ethical approval for research before I apply to the biobank?

The biobank has been granted permission to approve studies wish to access samples for research in reproductive health. This means that you do not need ethical approval from NRES, and all you need to do is complete the Sample Request form and submit for approval to the TAC, and once your project has approval it will be covered under our ethics (REC number 18/WA/0356).

What data will I get with my samples?

The samples will be dispatched with a minimal clinical data set. The requirement for additional data will need to be justified in the application and approved on a case by case basis.

Will I be charged for the data I receive?

There will be no charge for the minimal clinical dataset, however there will be a retrieval charge for additional data. This will be reviewed and costed on a case by case basis.

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