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Applying for OCHRe Services

Using the sample inventory system.

The Oxford Centre for Histopathology Research is closely associated with the Oxford Radcliffe Biobank, including an integrated application process for accessing samples and data through the Biobank and/or requesting OCHRe services.

Contact OCHRe to make an enquiry.

Please note that you will require ethical approval to use human samples and/or data for research.

A quotation can be supplied at any point during the application process, providing sufficient information has been provided.

OCHRe terms and conditions for Sample and Data access (PDF)

OCHRe terms and conditions of service (PDF)

Oxford University Hospitals pathology access and approvals for research

Essential information regarding Clinical Research.

Research studies that will be using the OUH NHS Trust Pathology & Laboratories services must go through the following:

OCHRe has been set up to facilitate access to pathology services, expertise and bioresources and ensure that research use of pathology resources are costed and charged appropriately. This applies to all studies using this service, commercial and non-commercial. For all OUH and University sponsored studies this should be addressed at the protocol development stage.

Approvals are required for:

Multi-centre studies, for which Oxford is a trial site, will still require OCHRe approval if input from the OUH Cellular Pathology Department is involved. Studies must have been costed in principle with OCHRe or an analogous organisation prior to receiving R&D approval.

Completion of the full application process is only required for initial registration of a project. A system is in place to ensure that time-sensitive requests (e.g. specimen analysis required for patient recruitment into a clinical trial) will be prioritised but this must be flagged up during the application process.

Researchers who have already received R&D approval for their study prior to the establishment of the OCHRe system are advised to contact OCHRe to discuss their requirements for on-going studies, ideally before a request is made for pathology support.

Tissue blocks will not be released to third parties from the OUH NHS Trust Cellular Pathology diagnostic archive; instead the possibility of using alternate sample formats (e.g. sections, scrolls, cores) will be discussed with the applicant.