Barriers to the release of human tissue for clinical trials research in the UK: a national survey of cellular pathology laboratories on behalf of the National Cancer Research Institute's Cellular Molecular Pathology (CM-Path) initiative

Macklin, P. S., Hall, A., Lee, J., Hair, J., Spiers, V., Thomas, G. J., Oien, K. A. and Verrill, C. (2018) Barriers to the release of human tissue for clinical trials research in the UK: a national survey of cellular pathology laboratories on behalf of the National Cancer Research Institute's Cellular Molecular Pathology (CM-Path) initiative. Journal of Clinical Pathology, 72(1), pp. 52-57. (doi: 10.1136/jclinpath-2018-205476) (PMID:30275096)

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Abstract

AIM:To survey UK cellular pathology departments regarding their attitudes and practices relating to release of human tissue from their diagnostic archives for use in clinical trial research. METHODS:A 30-item questionnaire was circulated to the National Cancer Research Institute's Cellular Molecular Pathology initiative and Confederation of Cancer Biobanks mailing lists. Responses were collected over a 10-month period from November 2016 to August 2017. RESULTS:38 departments responded to the survey, the majority of which regularly receive requests for tissue for research purposes. Most requests come from academia and financial support to facilitate tissue release comes from a variety of sources. A range of practices were reported in relation to selection of the most appropriate sample to release, consent checking, costing and governance frameworks. CONCLUSIONS:This survey demonstrates wide variation in practice across the UK and identifies barriers to release of human tissue for clinical trial research. Until we can overcome these obstacles, patient samples will remain inaccessible to research. Therefore, this study highlights the urgent need for clear and coordinated national guidance on this issue.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Oien, Professor Karin
Authors: Macklin, P. S., Hall, A., Lee, J., Hair, J., Spiers, V., Thomas, G. J., Oien, K. A., and Verrill, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cancer Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Clinical Pathology
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:0021-9746
ISSN (Online):1472-4146
Published Online:01 October 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Clinical Pathology 72(1): 52-57
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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