‘Working with human samples’ is defined as being involved with seeking consent for the collection of human tissue samples, collecting, processing, storing, using, releasing or disposing of human tissue samples, as well as chief/principal investigators and any staff involved in managing or writing ethics approvals or standard operating procedures for projects involving human samples. This definition also includes staff named on any study protocol or IRAS form, as well as staff on consent delegation logs.
As of Michaelmas term 2019 the HTA training requirements at the University have been updated. The WebLearn platform has been retired and replaced with an external e-learning module hosted by the Medical Research Council’s Regulatory Support Centre (MRC). The flowchart below provides additional guidance on the training requirements and next steps to take. In general, there is a requirement for staff to undertake a formal assessment and to obtain and keep a valid certificate, not just undertake the training.
The training is managed by the MRC, if you have any problems with the website then please contact the MRC’s Regulatory Support Centre.