Guidance for staff volunteering blood or other samples for research

This document gives guidance on the legal and ethical requirements of using samples from colleagues in research.



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There are legal and ethical requirements when using samples from colleagues, just as there are for any research participant.

For example there are specific biological safety issues, which must be addressed with your local health and safety officer.

In terms of ethical requirements, a Research Ethics Committee (REC) review should be sought and take into consideration:

  • how fully informed, freely given consent will be obtained
  • how any feedback of health-related findings might be handled
  • how colleagues’ confidentiality will be protected.

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