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

2,007 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

CJD Support Network

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

Treloar Trust


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

Families and Friends of Haemophilia NI

Health and Social Services Group (in Wales)

NHS Blood and Transplant Service ‘NHSBT’

NHS England

Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service ‘NIBTS’

Scottish Government

Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service ‘SNBTS’

Scottish Territorial Health Boards

The Fatherless Generation

The United Kingdom Haemophilia Centres Doctors' Organisation 'UKHCDO'

Welsh Blood Service, Velindre NHS Trust