Several scandals related to tissue collection have questioned the position of patients regarding tissue banking. The Human Tissue Act in the UK is a legal framework for tissue banking that has been evaluated by the Europa Donna Forum UK, an advocacy organisation for breast cancer. Patients are well aware of the importance of clinical research and want to see it strengthened. They envisage several modalities for tissue banking. One modality is the 'patient-driven' bank where some of the individual rights are transferred to the community, research done with the tissues is partly controlled by the patients, and information regarding the results is obtained back. However, for all models proposed, the point of prime importance for patients is the issue of consent.