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The responsibility for ensuring the accuracy and completeness of ongoing personal development rests with the individual researcher. All those involved in the acquisition, storage, use and disposal of human samples for research should receive training in the implications, statutory requirements and obligations under the Human Tissue Act, 2004. Training and support in the taking of consent should also be received.

Knowing Your Responsibilities

As part of the registration process for all staff and students undertaking research using human samples, it is a requirement that you attend an introductory HTA briefing session with the DI.

The session will provide an overview of the legislation and regulation related to the acquisition, storage use and disposal of human tissue, and of the University’s quality management system and related processes, procedures and best practice. You will be given advice and guidance to ensure your activities are compliant with the requirements of the University’s HTA Licence.

To book onto the 'Knowing Your Responsibilities' training session, please complete the online form here.

The session will take about an hour and will be held via Teams. You will receive an attendance certificate once completed. You will be contacted regarding the next available dates.

Other training

You should also complete the MRC e-learning module – Research and human tissue legislation.

Individuals must have also undertaken training in laboratory techniques and health and safety policies and procedures, appropriate to their work with human samples in research.

Other staff, for example, technical and administrative staff, supporting research involving human samples are also welcome to attend the in-house training session and may find it valuable to complete the MRC e-learning module.

For more information on the registration process, see: Registration