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NCARC offices are situated within Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust at Salford Royal. This includes the Salford Biorepository Facilities.

The NCARC team and overall governance structure comprises:

  • NCARC Clinical Lead – clinical and quality management
  • NCARC Ethics & Regulatory lead – regulatory and quality management
  • NCARC Biorepository Manager – biorepository sample handling and storage
  • NCARC Delivery Team – consent and recruitment
  • NCA Research Management Team – contracts/MTAs/DSAs
  • Digital & Innovation Committee –data, digital and information governance
  • Collection & Access Review Panel – includes experts and lay members to provide approval of applications

All of the above ensure that NCARC:

  • Oversee governance and provide ethical, scientific and operational direction
  • Collectively have the qualifications and experience to review and evaluate the scientific, medical, and ethical implications of any proposed research and/or collections
  • HTA relevant material is collected, stored and released appropriately in line with the HTA licence, and ensures documents for the licence are updated:
    • Auditing samples stored under the licence
    • Creating and maintaining appropriate SOPs
    • Providing and ensuring all staff have the appropriate training, ie HTA, consent, GCP, GLP etc
    • Providing guidance for staff to ensure HTA relevant material used or stored on site in compliant with the HTA Act.
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