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Human Samples Steering Group (HSSG)

The HSSG will meet at least once per term and report routinely to the Licence Holder, the University's Genetic Modification and Biosafety Committee, and to Health and Safety Services on adverse events and incidents where staff and student health and safety has been at risk.

Constitution and Membership 2018-19
Designated Individual [Chair] Professor John Davey 
Licence Holder’s representative (or nominee) Dr Nathan Morris
Deputy Designated Individual in extremis Professor James Covington
Person Designated C dot Parry at warwick dot ac dot uk
Person Designated Rebecca dot Allen at warwick dot ac dot uk
Technical and Facilities Centre Manager (SLS) J dot E dot Kimpton at warwick dot ac dot uk
UHCW NHS Trust R&D Manager Ceri Jones
Designated Individual (Anatomy & Pathology, UHCW NHS Trust Dr David Snead
Person Designated (Pathology) UHCW NHS Trust Sean James
Departmental Representatives of staff working under the licence:
Chemistry M dot I dot Gibson at warwick dot ac dot uk
Engineering J dot F dot Collingwood at warwick dot ac dot uk
Physics Dr Vasily Kantsler
Psychology E dot Ludvig at Warwick dot ac dot uk
School of Life Sciences F dot Harrison at warwick dot ac dot uk
Warwick Manufacturing Group M dot A dot Williams dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk
Warwick Medical School D dot Mitchell at warwick dot ac dot uk


Terms of Reference

  • To support the Designated Individual in their role as defined by the Human Tissue Act 2004 and the University’s Human Tissue Authority (HTA) licence;
  • To monitor new legislative and regulatory requirements relating to research activity using human material, including specific requirements under the Human Tissue Act (2004);
  • To recommend revisions to existing policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), training and guidance available to staff and students, where appropriate, in consultation with UHCW;
  • To monitor and review the effectiveness of the implementation of the Quality Manual at the hub and satellite sites to ensure adherence to policies and SOPs to ensure consistency across the University, and with UHCW, where appropriate;
  • To receive reports of adverse events and their investigation, reviewing and recommending revisions to policies, SOPs, training and guidance available to staff and students, if appropriate, and monitor the implementation of corrective action;
  • To receive and action any issues raised by the Licence Holder’s Representative;
  • To approve reports on the University's research involving material of human origin for submission to the Genetic Modification and Biosafety Committee (GMBSC) and the Licence Holder's Representative.

Reporting Structure

Notes of the meetings will be circulated to the University Registrar (Licence Holder’s Representative).

An annual report of the work of the HSSG will be provided to the University’s Research Governance and Ethics Committee.


Secretary: Dr Nathan Morris, Senior Assistant Registrar, Academic Registrar's Office

Meetings will normally be hold termly:

Dates of Meetings 2019-20

  • TBC

Dates of Meetings 2018-19

  • Meeting 1 - Thursday 6 December 2018, 15:00 - 17:00
  • Meeting 2 - Thursday 20 June 2019, 15:00 - 17:00

Dates of Meetings 2017-18

  • Meeting 1 - Thursday 30 November 2017, 15:00 - 17:00
  • Meeting 2 - Thursday 8 March2018, 15:00 - 17:00
  • Meeting 3 - Thursday 14 June 2018, 15:00 - 17:00

Dates of Meetings 2016-17

  • Meeting 1 - Thursday 27 October 2016
  • Meeting 2 - Thursday 9 February 2017

Dates of Meetings 2015-16

  • Meeting 1 - Friday 2 October 2015
  • Meeting 2 - Wednesday 16 December 2015
  • Meeting 3 - Thursday 23 June 2016

Dates of Meetings 2014-15

  • Meeting 1 - Thursday 29 January 2015
  • Meeting 2 - Wednesday 6 May 2015