Human tissue inquiry at Dounreay

20 September 2007

Representatives of the Redfern Inquiry into human tissue analysis in the UK nuclear industry visited the UKAEA Dounreay nuclear site in northern Scotland this week.

The inquiry was initiated in April after concerns were raised that body tissue from deceased nuclear workers was removed for tests without the consent of relatives.

The inquiry is focussing on tests carried out between 1961 and 1992.

Other nuclear sites involved in the inquiry include British Nuclear Group’s Sellafield site and the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston, both of which are in England.

The UKAEA was previously criticised in 2001 for historical research it initiated, which involved removing deceased children’s tissue without parental consent and testing for weapons fallout. The research was carried out by the UK Medical Research Council.

Members of the public can contact the independent inquiry by writing to: Redfern Inquiry, 7th Floor, 1 Byrom Place, Manchester, M3 3HG; emailing; faxing 0161 837 1569 or calling 0161 837 1554.

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