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The GST research biobanks are regulated by the Human Tissue Act 2004. The Act provides a regulatory framework for the removal, storage and use of relevant material (tissues, cells and bodily fluids) for research into disorders, or the functioning of, the human body. The framework requires research using relevant material removed from either the living or deceased to be regulated through licensing of the storage of human tissue.

The GST research biobanks were licensed by the Human Tissue Authority on 7th September 2007 (HTA licence number 12121).

HTA licence holder: Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and the Designated Individual: Dr Cheryl Gillett

NHS Research Ethics Committee approval has been granted for each GST tissue-type biobanks to function as such. The biobanks have also been registered with Guy’s & St Thomas’ R&D department.



NRES details
 Biobank  NRES Number NRES Date   GSTT R&D Number
 Breast  07/H0804/131 19 March 2008  RJ1 08/0118
 Head & Neck  09/H0304/92 15 April 2010  
 Prostate/Urology  09/H0810/11 29 January 2010  
 Thoracic  07/H080491 26 February 2008  RJ1 08/110
 Upper GI  11/LO/0335    


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