Faculty members who come or leave the UH must have an MTA before they can transfer materials from other institutions such as plasmids, cell lines, animals, etc. An MTA is a legal contract that defines the conditions for transferring human tissue samples from the owner to a third party. It must ensure that the recipient organization complies with the UCL Directive on conservation, data protection, health and safety, distribution, restitution and disposal, security, traiing, auditing and compliance with the Human Tissue Act. Typically, the company that sends the material requires the use of its own MTA form for incoming materials. 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. An in-depth MTA protects a researcher`s ability to exploit and publish research, existing and potential intellectual property, and define the use of associated confidential information. The revision of a thorough MTA ensures that the terms of the contract are not in contradiction with the rights granted in other research agreements. This application letter is valid if it is signed by all parties. The parties executing this execution letter confirm that their respective organizations have accepted and signed an unchanged copy of the UBMTA and agree to be bound by the above conditions. A material transfer contract (MTA) is a contract that governs the transfer of research material between two organizations when the recipient intends to use it for his or her own research purposes.
The MTA defines the rights of the supplier and recipient with respect to materials and derivatives. Biological materials such as reagents, cell lines, plasmids and vectors are the most frequently transferred materials, but MTAs can also be used for other types of materials, such as chemical compounds and even certain types of software. As a general rule, the University of Houston requires MTAs for all incoming or outgoing materials to monitor materials that arrive on campus and materials (and to whom) UH supplies.