Conditions of Sample Supply

All samples provided by WCB will be anonymised and will have a WCB number as the only identifier. Researchers do not need to apply to ethics for projects only using WCB anonymised samples; the WCB ethics approval from the Wales REC 3 gives deemed ethics to projects using samples. If an applicant requires identifiable data, they must first apply to a National Research Ethics Service (NRES) ethics panel. The samples do not need to be held under a Human Tissue Authority licence as they are anonymised and the project will have deemed ethics.

Time to supply following application approval will vary depending upon the number and type of sample requested. Entire tissue blocks will not be issued unless there are exceptional circumstances that would require the whole block; sections or extracted material will be issued. If sample extraction is required the quality and quantity of resulting nucleic acids cannot be guaranteed and may result in sample requirements not being fulfilled if deemed unsuitable for use.

WCB charges a fee to contribute towards recovering incurred costs.  This fee is made up of several components, the details of which can be found here.  If the proposed research is funded by the Health and Care Research Wales, reduced fees will apply - please click here for details.

Some projects may be exempted from the cost recovery fee, eg.pilot projects and sub-collections, these are detailed here

Please contact the WCB to confirm final costs or to cost a bespoke collection. All shipping costs will be the responsibility of the receiving researcher/group.

WCB should be acknowledged as sample suppliers in any article, paper, poster, etc. generated from research carried out on samples supplied by stating, "Biosamples were obtained from the Wales Cancer Bank (DOI:" 

WCB should be informed of the publication. WCB will be asking for the return of raw data from all supplied projects, post publication or IP exploitation to collate in a data warehouse for future bioinformatics