Core Participants

It is a basic principle that participation in the Inquiry does not depend on being a “core participant” as defined in the Inquiry Rules 2006.

Every person who is infected or affected has an account that will add to the Inquiry’s store of knowledge. This means that the personal accounts and experiences of those infected or affected who are not “core participants” are of no less value in the eyes of the Inquiry, than those of a person who is a core participant. Being a core participant does not mean that a person’s evidence is of greater value.

This page will be kept up to date with information about the people and organisations who have been designated as core participants under Rule 5 of the Inquiry Rules 2006.


People who are infected and affected

2,008 people who are infected and affected have been appointed as core participants. They have a role that involves more than giving an account of their personal experience and views and offering up their own documents. Many but not all have chosen to have legal representation at public expense.


Charities appointed as core participants

Haemophilia Northern Ireland
Haemophilia Scotland
Haemophilia Wales
Scottish Infected Blood Forum
The Haemophilia Society
The Hepatitis B Positive Trust
The Hepatitis C Trust
UK Thalassaemia Society


Organisations appointed as core participants

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Contaminated Blood Campaign
Department of Health and Social Care
Department of Health (in Northern Ireland)
Factor 8 - Independent Haemophilia Group
Health and Social Services Group (in Wales)
NHS Blood and Transplant Service ‘NHSBT’
Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service ‘NIBTS’
Regional Health and Social Care Board (Northern Ireland)
Scottish Government
Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service ‘SNBTS’
Scottish Territorial Health Boards
The United Kingdom Haemophilia Centres Doctors' Organisation 'UKHCDO'
Welsh Blood Service, Velindre NHS Trust