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.

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

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

We are currently seeking up to three new members. See the advert for further details or email to request an information pack.

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

Conference 2014
Videos from the EGC international conference 'Past, present, future: the ethics and governance of big biobanks'.

Frequently Asked Questions about the EGC.

Ethics and governance framework
An overview of the EGF and details of how it has been revised.

Recent activity
Details of recent activities of the EGC.

Related events
Upcoming events in the biobanking community.

Contact details 
All enquiries:


Find out more about the EGC in this interview between Andrew Trehearne (UK Biobank) and Professor Roger Brownsword of the EGC, which took place at the Wellcome Trust in London. (Video courtesy of UK Biobank)