The Airwave Health Monitoring Tissue Bank

The Airwave Health Monitoring Study was established in 2003 to evaluate possible health risks associated with the use of TETRA, a digital communication system used by the police forces and other emergency services. It is a long-term observational study following up the health of police officers and staff across Great Britain, with the ability to monitor both cancer and non-cancer health outcomes. Around 53,000 participants have been recruited between June 2004 and March 2015 with a response rate averaging 50% of employees in participating forces. At baseline, participants completed an enrolment questionnaire (sent via routine administration or the occupational health service), or a comprehensive health screening performed locally, or both. Around 85% (N=45,000) of the cohort received a health screening. Clinical and biological measurements were taken, blood and urine samples collected. Participants were 40 years old on average (between 17 and 80 years old at inclusion), mostly men (63%) and white British (85%). A second assessment of participants living in England started in November 2015 and is ongoing. We aim to recall 40%+ of the original cohort for a second clinic visit, at least 5-years following their enrolment.


  • Ability to recontact
  • Cell culture
  • Data analytics
  • Nucleic acid extraction

Existing samples:

  • Fit and well

Contact Information


Imperial College London
W2 1PG

Annual Statistics

Year Access Requests Received Access Requests Approved
Internal External Commercial Internal External Commercial
2015 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2016 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2018 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2020 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A