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Human tissue watchdog well-regarded by researchers

Researchers have more confidence in the Human Tissue Authority than other professionals who work with the organisation, a survey has found.

The study, commissioned by the HTA and conducted by Ipsos MORI, found that 61 per cent of researchers were very confident in the authority’s role as a regulator, compared with 49 per cent of respondents overall. When asked whether the HTA takes into account the views of researchers when making decisions, 56 per cent of researchers agreed and 12 per cent disagreed.

The study surveyed 362 professionals whose job involved working with the HTA in some way, including researchers, pathologists and transplant clinicians. While 13 per cent of the respondents identified themselves as researchers primarily, 15 per cent of the total group said they worked in research as a secondary activity.

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