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Tariffs for brain tissue

In line with a sustainable future for brain banking, the MRC and associated charities introduced a cost recovery scheme for the provision of tissue. The tariff is standardised and has been implemented across the UK Brain Banks Network. The charges for commercial users cover approximately two-thirds of the costs of retrieval, assessment and archiving of the brain tissue. Whereas, the charges for academic institutions cover approximately one-third of these costs.

The tariffs are as follows:


  Cost (£)

Type of sample Academic institutions Commercial users*


DNA £50.00 £100.00
cDNA £50.00 £100.00
RNA £50.00 £100.00
CSF (per 1ml) £25.00 £50.00
CSF pellet £25.00 £50.00
Electron Microscopy    
Glutaraldehyde fixed tissue £100.00 £200.00
EM Block £150.00 £300.00
Formalin-fixed paraffin embedded blocks    
Formalin-fixed Paraffin block - small £100.00 £200.00
Formalin-fixed Paraffin block - large £200.00 £400.00
Formalin-fixed 'wet' tissue; 1-2 regions £25.00 £50.00
Formalin-fixed 'wet' tissue; 3-4 regions £35.00 £70.00
Formalin-fixed 'wet' tissue; more than 5 regions £45.00 £90.00
Histological slides    
Unstained paraffin section slide - small £5.00 £10.00
Unstained paraffin section slide - large £7.00 £13.00
Unstained frozen section/slide - small £15.00 £30.00
Unstained frozen section/slide - large £20.00 £40.00
H&E stained slide £8.00 £16.00
Immunostained slide £10.00 £20.00
Fresh frozen tissues    
Fresh tissue (per 0.5g) £25.00 £50.00
Frozen section £15.00 £30.00
Tissue homogenate £50.00 £100.00
Slow frozen tissue (per 0.5g) £25.00 £50.00
Snap frozen/rapidly frozen tissue (per 0.5g) £25.00 £50.00
Other tissues    
Muscle tissue formalin-fixed 'wet' £25.00 £50.00
Muscle tissue frozen £25.00 £50.00
Muscle tissue paraffin-embedded £50.00 £100.00
Other tissue formalin-fixed 'wet' (non-CNS) £25.00 £50.00
Other tissue paraffin-embedded (non-CNS) £50.00 £100.00
Admin costs    
Admin costs - simple £100.00 £200.00
Admin costs - complex £150.00 £300.00
Packaging £20.00-£40.00 £40.00-£80.00
Retrieval of additional data from clinical notes (simple/complex) POA POA


All prices in the table exclude VAT.

*Commercial users may incur additional charges, depending on the details of the request and constraints on the availability of suitable tissue.

Not all sample types listed are available from all banks, individual banks will advise on availability.

If you are intending to use human tissue in future projects please remember to include these costs in any upcoming grant applications.