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With the interests of the public and those we regulate at the centre of our work, we aim to maintain confidence by ensuring that human tissue is used safely and ethically, and with proper consent. We regulate organisations that remove, store and use tissue for research, medical treatment, post-mortem examination, teaching and display in public. We also give approval for organ and bone marrow donations from living people.

Our regulatory work

Find out more about the organisations that we licence and inspect, and body, bone marrow and organ donations. Read our advice and guidance including codes of practice, policies and information about the laws we work under.


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HTA annual review 2013/14 launched

16 July 2014

The Human Tissue Authority launched its annual review publication 'Regulating for the public good' yesterday.

HTA responds to consultation on data sharing

7 July 2014

The Human Tissue Authority has responded to the Better Regulation Delivery Office's (Department of Business, Innovation and Skills) consultation into data sharing for non-economic regulators

Living organ donations continue to rise

5 June 2014

The Human Tissue Authority has published its living organ donation figures for 2013/14.

Currentissue - the HTA e-newsletter

Read the May issue, including the appointment of our new chair, our response to coverage of the disposal of fetal remains, sector specific news and more.

For journalists

Media releases, resources for journalists and media office contacts.