Access Policy

This tissue bank is registered as a sub collection under the HTA (Human Tissue Act) licence held by Imperial College Healthcare Tissue Bank (ICHTB). The Airwave Study access policy applies equally to academics, private or public sector researchers whether they work in, or with, a profit or not for profit organisation subject to them having relevant ethics approval. Studies within the organisation and study group have generic consent as part of the tissue bank. Any studies submitted outside of this will have to apply for NRES approval before submission to the tissue bank for sample or data.

Access to human biomaterials and data: is by formal application to the Airwave Study access committee. They will than pass on the application after initial approval to ICHTB Tissue Management Committee (TMC), a sub-committee of the Trust’s Research Governance Committee. The researcher must satisfy the TMC that their research is ethically and scientifically valid and that it makes a contribution to scientific knowledge. The standard template of ICHTB application form for access to samples will be used. Once the TMC is convinced about the scientific validity of the research it will instruct the Airwave Study TB to identify the samples/data for release.

Access to data only: is by formal application to Airwave Study access committe on the standard template that can be downloaded from this section.Same conditions as above apply.

We welcome research proposals from other researchers and all users will be held to the same scientific and ethical standards.


How to access Airwave resource
Airwave _resource_accessapplicationV.4.docx

All researchers who are interested in our data only  will need to fill in this  application and send back to [email protected]. This will than be presented to the access committee who will look at the scientific merits of the proposal and give their approval.

Access to samples
- Material transfer Agreement.pdf

If you are interested in access to both samples and data,than you will need to fill in the MTA and ICHTB application for access to samples form along with the Airwave application and send back to [email protected] for further action.

ICHTB application for access to sample
ICHTB application for access to samples.pdf
Tissue management committee -terms of reference
ICHTB TMC terms of refernce.pdf