The UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Council (EGC) is an independent committee established by the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council. Its purposes are:

  • To act as an independent guardian of the UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Framework (EGF) and advise on its revision; 
  • To monitor and report publicly on the conformity of the UK Biobank project with the EGF;
  • To advise more generally on the interests of research participants and the general public in relation to UK Biobank.

How we operate
An overview of how the EGC operates and key documents.

Meetings and reports
Details of previous and upcoming meetings and commissioned reports.

The EGC conference 'Past, Present, Future: the Ethics and Governance of Big Biobanks' will be held on 4-5 November 2014 in London. Registration is now open!

Join the EGC on the evening of 3 November for a free public lecture entitled 'Biobanks - can ethics keep pace with the science?'. See the registration page for further details. 

Names and biographies of the members. The EGC is chaired by Professor Roger Brownsword.

Frequently Asked Questions about the UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Council.

Recent activity
Details of recent activities of the UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Council including situations where UK Biobank has made significant revisions to its Ethics and Governance Framework.

Press relations
Contact details of the press office and copies of EGC related press releases.

Contact details 
All enquiries: