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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.

Cord blood banking survey

More parents are considering banking their baby’s umbilical cord blood. If you have or are considering doing so, we would love you to share your experience of cord blood banking in our survey.


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Respond to Government consultation on releasing a dead body from hospital

14 January 2015

The Department of Health is seeking views on a good practice form to help hospitals put in place a process for releasing bodies to funeral directors or the bereaved

Jobs at the HTA: Communications Officer vacancy

5 January 2015

The Human Tissue Authority is recruiting for a Communications Officer.

HTA's November newsletter has been published

28 November 2014

The November 2014 edition of the Human Tissue Authority's e-newsletter has been published.

Currentissue - the HTA e-newsletter

Read the November issue - stories include: Ebola donor deferral guidance, new Authority Members, 2015/16 fees announcement and AAPT conference feedback.

For journalists

Media releases, resources for journalists and media office contacts.