Risk management should be proportionate to the nature and likelihood of benefits: institutional contract staff should assess the existence or likelihood of the following risk categories against the likely benefits of the institution and/or its researchers, and use MTAs or simpler agreements accordingly. First, the risks relate to safety in the use of materials; ensure, for example, that scientifically quality materials are not used in human research or that materials are used in accordance with ethical standards. A second category of risk is legal: the inappropriate use of reagents may result in legal action by victims against entities; Third parties may claim that the material violates their intellectual property rights or that the materials provided are not of the quality claimed by the distributor. A third category of risk is reputation: MTAs may require adequate recognition of the author or distributor archives in subsequent publications or other research results, in order to promote the reputation of the source and provide a measure of the value of the material. The final category of risk is that third parties have misappropriated the credit or financial compensation that should be paid to the material writer: MTAs may restrict the distribution of reagents or materials to third parties to ensure that users return to the author to access materials in accordance with its terms or limit the commercial use of materials. These typical concerns fall under the UBMTA and equally simple agreements. MTAs, which involve non-profit organizations, generally allow only non-commercial uses of transferred materials, usually for research, testing and teaching purposes. The UCL has an MTA directive (material transfer agreements). To find UCL`s MTA directive, visit UCL Innovation and Enterprise, you must use your UCL connection. The UCLB team is responsible for approving, negotiating the terms and signing, on behalf of UCL, of any inbound and outbound equipment transfer agreement (subject to certain exceptions under the UCL MTA Directive). Raw material MTAs generally prevent the material supplier from losing control of the material and its use of research. In the absence of an agreement, the recipient of the material has no legal restrictions on the use of the equipment or the transfer of the material. As a general rule, sending materials for incoming materials requires the use of a separate MTA form.

For the transfer of outgoing material, UH has standard MTA agreements on the DOR website to cover these materials. Whether the equipment is in or out, these agreements are negotiated by the research department. We publish guidelines for both outgoing and incoming material transfers. Therefore, if you would like to send or receive material to a non-UCL researcher, please download the corresponding document on the links to the right of this page. Overcoming Barriers to The Transfer of Published Research Materials The barriers that MTAs can pose to facilitate the flow of published research materials among non-profit organizations have long been recognized. As the NIH has pointed out, each iteration in a negotiation on the terms of MTA delays the timing of a research tool being used in the laboratory.