York Tissue Bank

In collaboration with York & Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the University of York established the York Tissue Bank (YTB): a tissue bank to help research into human disease. 

We aim to collect, store and build a repository of human tissue samples, such as urine, blood and tumours.

Our samples will be provided to researchers working on studies that aim to improve our understanding of human health and potentially lead to new methods of diagnosis, better treatments and vaccines for a wide range of diseases. We rely on participants to voluntarily gift their tissue samples for this vital future research.

Guidance for members of the public

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) has recently published a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ's) for guidance and information on research tissue banks, also known as bio-banks, and publically available guides that set out your basic rights when dealing with an establishment regulated by the HTA.

The guides also explain how the use of human tissue is regulated in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. This includes who can give consent for different activities, the information you should receive and options for using and disposing of tissue.

There are eight guides in total, each relating to the Codes of Practice we provide to professionals.


York Tissue Bank has been approved by the Health Research Authority (National Research Ethics Service) Leeds East Research Ethics Committee (ref: 20/YH/0126); our license number granted by the Human Tissue Authority under section 16 (2) (e) (ii) of the Human Tissue act 2004 is 12604.

Contact us

James Fox
Tissue Bank Manager


Guidance for researchers

University of York staff and students proposing to undertake any work with human tissue must have determined whether their work will be within or outside the jurisdiction of the Human Tissue Act 2004. Failure to observe this legislation may amount to misconduct or gross misconduct and may result in disciplinary action being taken. As such, anyone working with HTA relevant material should contact us to discuss working under the universities HTA licence and to ensure compliance with the universities local rules.

If a research project has NHS Research Ethics Committee (NREC) approval it does not need to be covered by the University’s HTA licence. However, if the tissue is to be retained after NREC approval has expired it must be stored under the HTA licence. For this reason, it is required that all projects with NREC approval adhere to the processes detailed in the Quality Manual.

Any researchers external to the University of York who would like to access samples from YTB, please see our holdings and contact us if you wish to discuss access.


All participant donations will be received with fully informed consent.

Current holdings



Other York resources


The Bloodwise Childhood Leukaemia CellBank is a national collection of samples from children and young people with paediatric haematological malignancies.

Samples include live cells from bone marrow, plasma from peripheral blood and CSF. The bank also holds a collection of HLA typed cord blood.

Contact us

James Fox
Tissue Bank Manager