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Researchers can apply to use blood samples taken and stored as part of the Health Survey for England (HSE).
Application process for access to blood samples temporarily suspended
The process for accessing blood samples collected as part of the Health Survey for England (HSE) is currently under review. Also, due to Covid-19 work taking precedence, the work has been put temporarily on hold.
Around 100,000 blood samples taken as part of the HSE since 1994 have been stored after analysis for the survey data set. Researchers can apply to use these samples for research work.
The samples are held in deep-freeze storage at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle and can be analysed by the staff there on your behalf. If you require certain analytical techniques not available at the RVI, we may consider allowing the samples to be transported to your own laboratory, under strict conditions.
Costs for this service
All requests for blood samples will be subject to the Data Access Request Service application process, where a charge will apply to cover the costs incurred by our contractors (National Centre for Social Research and Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle) and of managing the application.
How to apply
The samples need to be used fairly, so we need to ensure that the blood samples are:
used only for the agreed reasons
analysed appropriately and usefully
distributed fairly and openly
Applications for work in the areas of genetic and HIV testing will not be considered.