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Quality Management System

The University’s Quality Management System (QMS) relates to the governance of the acquisition, storage, use and disposal of human samples for research to ensure that all staff and students understand the necessary requirements and procedures covered by the Human Tissue Act , 2004 (HT Act), the Human Tissue Authority’s (HTA) Codes of Good Practice and the University’s HTA Licence for research.

The successful implementation of the QMS framework of policies and procedures will ensure that all research at the University involving human samples is carried out in compliance with the licensing obligations of the HT Act and to the standards required by the HTA.

It is also important that the research community and the public have confidence that all human samples for research are acquired lawfully and with appropriate consent, and are stored, handled, used and disposed of respectfully, sensitively and responsibly.

The University requires that all human samples, from the living or deceased, cellular or acellular, should be treated similarly and that research using any human materail should meet the same standards of quality management as set out in this Quality Manual.

The key quality objectives are to establish an effective QMS that will:

  • continue to evolve to demonstrate an enduring commitment to quality improvement;
  • provide a robust but practical framework for compliance with the licensing obligations of the HT Act and to the standards required by the HTA;
  • be an integral component of the University’s research governance structure;
  • have the confidence of and be fully embedded into practice by all researchers;
  • engender the highest levels of trust and confidence in our stakeholders and the broader public;
  • enhance the University’s reputation for the delivery of research of the highest quality and ethical standards.

Quality Manual

The purpose of the Quality Manual is to document the University’s Quality Management System (QMS) for the governance of the acquisition, storage, use and disposal of human samples for research to ensure that all staff and students understand the necessary requirements and procedures covered by the Human Tissue Act, 2004, the Human Tissue Authority’s (HTA) Codes of Good Practice and the University’s HTA Licence for research.

See: Quality Manual(PDF Document)

University Research Governance Policy and Standards

Key elements of the University research governance structure include:

In partnership with the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust, a number of agreements have been developed including a Memorandum of Understanding on Joint Working for Effective Research Governance and a Joint Human Tissue Policy, to bring about greater continuity for the management and conduct of research across the two organisations. Both organisations remain committed to further development of compatible quality management and governance systems and the existing joint agreements will be subject to review during 2011-12.