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Oxford Centre for Histopathology Research (OCHRe) logo

OCHRe and ORB have an integrated application process for accessing samples and data through the Biobank and/or requesting OCHRe services.

Contact OCHRe to make an enquiry.Man looking at sample inventory on computer

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, as long as sufficient information has been provided.

OCHRe application form, including terms and conditions - (download PDF)

Oxford University Hospitals pathology access and approvals for research

Essential information regarding Clinical Trials and Research Governance at Oxford University.

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 Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) and University sponsored studies this should be addressed at the protocol development stage.

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

  • Completion of an application form detailing the project and the sample requirements. 
  • Committee review of the application to determine the project or trial details, methodology, ethics, availability of samples and the cost of providing any required services prior to approval. 

Approvals are required for:

  • Access to sections from surplus tissue in the OUH Cellular Pathology Department diagnostic archive.
  • Access to data from the OUH Cellular Pathology Department database.
  • Pathologist time (including reviewing materials/filling in clinical trial paperwork).
  • Histopathology services (e.g. additional samples processed/analysed for research).

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 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.

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