Human Tissue Regulations

Newcastle University staff/students can access our e-learning Human Tissue Act training for the research sector for free using their NCL login. If you do not have a Newcastle University email address, but do work to actively collect samples to be transferred to one of Newcastle University’s NRES REC approved Research Tissue Banks, including taking consent and managing the samples in the clinic for transfer for the University, you are eligible to access the training for free.  Please contact stating the name of the Research Tissue Bank you are working under.

Informed Consent

This video provides a brief overview of the essential criteria required to correctly undertake the process of informed consent and ensure that it is fully documented:

The process of receiving informed consent from a patient in clinical research is written into UK legislation. It is also an important aspect of Good Clinical Practice, which is a set of core principles all involved in research must follow. Therefore, without documented evidence it is difficult to prove that a patient has voluntarily agreed to be part of a research study.

NIHR Learn

The National Institute for Health Research offers a range of courses including Good Clinical Practice training. You can find and sign up for these courses on the dedicated NIHR Learn page: