University employees or students wishing to use human tissue as part of their research must comply with all relevant UK legislation which regulates the use of human tissues for research purposes. The fundamental principle of this legislation is the need for researchers to gain permission to use the samples, i.e authorisation or consent. If your study involves the collection, use or storage of material that has come from the human body (living or dead), you should visit the Medical Research Council's Data and Tissues Tool Kit for further guidance.
Although there are subtle differences in the regulations which govern the usage of tissue throughout the UK, Scottish researchers who work with human tissue are expected to adhere to the general principles of the UK wide legislation. This means you must be aware of, and comply with, all relevant UK tissue legislation and regulatory/ethical bodies.
On these web pages you will find information on: