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Accessing materials and data

External researchers can apply to access coronial and non-coronial biological materials and data held by Forensic and Scientific Services.

Biological materials (non-coronial)

You will need to complete a material transfer agreement (MTA) and agree to the terms and conditions of the MTA.

We will need to know how you intend to use these materials. Examples of use may include:

  • research (publications)
  • commercial development
  • public health study
  • process improvement (such as method development)
  • quality activities (quality control, audit).

Please email to obtain a material transfer agreement form.

Coronial materials

The use of coronial material raises unique legal and ethical issues arising from the provisions of the Coroners Act 2003 and the fact that subjects are no longer alive.

Applications for research that involve any coronial material (including when primarily 'clinical' in nature) and Queensland Health staff or facilities, should be referred to the Forensic and Scientific Services Human Ethics Committee (FSS-HEC), which has established arrangements with the State Coroner, developed expertise in the field, and which includes representatives from the Coroner’s Court.

Please review advice to researchers and ethics committees (DOC, 159KB) for information about coronial research proposals at Forensic and Scientific Services to be conducted within Queensland Health facilities.

All email enquiries should be directed to

Data requests

Requests for data are to be approved by the data custodian prior to release—a fee may apply.

Last updated: 23 February 2018