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Governance and compliance of the Daisy Tumour Bank

The Daisy Tumour Bank operates strict standard operating procedures in order to maintain sample integrity and patient confidentiality, in accordance with the Human Tissue Act 2004.

The Daisy Tumour Bank acquired a Human Tissue Authority licence in 2015 for the legal storage of human material. The Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has given their approval of the bank to enable collection of biological material and associated data.

Day-to-day activities are discussed at the Human Tissue Authority Compliance Team meetings. Issues which cannot be resolved by this team or require escalation are referred to Hull York Medical School Board and/or Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Board.

The Daisy Tumour Bank team is a member of the local Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust HTA Committee, whose role is responsibility for the management of Trust-wide HTA issues to maintain compliance with the Human Tissue Act 2004.

 

Reporting structure

Daisy Tumour Bank reporting structure

 

Human Tissue Authority Compliance Team
The Human Tissue Authority Compliance Team meets on a regular basis to discuss the day-to-day running of the Daisy Tumour Bank, including licensable activities, health & safety, adverse events and training. The Human Tissue Authority Compliance Team aims to identify and resolve any potential or existing issues efficiently and effectively.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Human Tissue Authority Committee
The Daisy Tumour Bank team is a member of the local Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust Human Tissue Authority Committee, whose role is responsibility for the management of Trust-wide HTA issues to maintain compliance with the Human Tissue Act 2004.

Hull York Medical School Board & Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Board
The Daisy Tumour Bank governance structure allows escalation of any relevant issues via the University of Hull and/or Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust hierarchies to either Hull York Medical School Board and/or Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust Board.

Human Tissue Authority
All handling of tissue by the Daisy Tumour Bank is regulated by the Human Tissue Act 2004. The Daisy Tumour Bank is licensed by the Human Tissue Authority to store human tissue (licence number 12078) and complies with the Human Tissue Authority Standards as stated in the applicable Codes of Practice. Our latest Human Tissue Authority Inspection Report can be accessed on the Human Tissue Authority website. Documented procedures are in place for all activities relating to the handling and storage of human tissue including patient consent, confidentiality, handling and disposal of human tissue, contingency arrangements, adverse events, management of records, risk management and staff training.

Confederation of Cancer Biobanks
The Daisy Tumour Bank is a provisional member of the Confederation of Cancer Biobanks (CCB) and agrees to work to the CCB Guiding Principles for the operation and management of human research biobanks. In accordance with these principles the Daisy Tumour Bank is committed to maintaining public trust, upholding responsibilities as custodians of donated samples and providing benefit through the provision of samples from donors to researchers.

Daisy Tumour Bank Access Committee
The Daisy Tumour Bank Access Committee reviews applications from bona fide researchers who wish to apply to use samples stored in the bank for cancer research. The purpose of the Committee is to review proposed research projects to ensure they are of scientific merit with appropriate ethical approval.