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Human samples policy

Human samples policy

Research using human samples, such as tissue, blood and saliva. 

Policy statement 

If the application involves the use of human samples, please note that the Arthritis Society is committed to ensuring that high quality ethically sourced bio-specimens are used in research it funds, as these yield high, reproducible quality data. If human samples are included in projects submitted to the Arthritis Society, applicants are required to provide one of the following: 

  1. Document that all bio-specimens will or have been collected in accordance with recognized standards, such as the Canadian Tissue Repository Network or equivalent (e.g. CLIA). Adherence to these standards and/or certification will be included as part of the peer review. Participation in external quality assurance programs will be considered eligible grant expenses. 
  2. Provide a brief description of the source, quality and handling procedure of the samples. 

Certification (1) or description of samples (2) would be required at the time of application deadline for evaluation by reviewers.