Dear Researcher

NHS Fife is part of the NHS Research Scotland (NRS) East of Scotland (EoS) Node and shares its Tissue Governance Lead with St Andrews University and the Lothian NRS Bioresource.  NHS Fife acts as a Satellite Tissue Collection site under the Lothian NRS Bioresource.  The NHS Fife Tissue Governance Group (TGG) has been established to review requests for access to collections of surplus tissue derived from NHS Fife patients that are intended for research, audit and evaluation.

The Lothian NRS Bioresource holds approval from East of Scotland Research Ethics Service (EoSRES) to collect, store and distribute samples and associated data from NHS Fife patients to staff who satisfy the TGG that their application is both ethically and scientifically appropriate.  Occasionally, for certain projects (e.g. research involving animals, research where procedures are to be performed or samples collected in addition to routine care) the Lothian NRS Bioresource and TGG may require that staff seek formal NHS Research Ethics Committee (REC) and/or R&D Approval before sanctioning their request to collect or provide  tissue or data.  Guidance on the need for separate REC and/or R&D Approval is available from the TGG.

The attached Standard Operating Procedure describes the process to be used for obtaining approval for research, audit and evaluation involving human tissue samples in NHS Fife.  Human tissue is defined as material that has come from a human body and consists of or includes, human cells. 

All relevant forms can be obtained from the Lothian BioResource and Tissue Governance Unit website: http://accord.scot/tissue

Further information can be obtained from the NHS Fife Tissue Governance Group by contacting Aileen Yell, R&D Research Coordinator on Tel: 01383 623623 ext 20940 or aileenyell@nhs.net

For more information contact

Aileen Yell, R&D Research Coordinator 
Tel: 01383 623623 Ext 20940 Contact Aileen Yell online
By Post: NHS Fife, Queen Margaret Hospital Whitefield Road Dunfermline Fife KY12 0SU

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