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About us

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) is a watchdog that supports public confidence by licensing organisations that store and use human tissue for purposes such as research, patient treatment, post-mortem examination, teaching, and public exhibitions. We also give approval for organ and bone marrow donations from living people.

Our aim is to set standards that are clear and reasonable, and in which both the public and professionals can have confidence.

Use this section to find out who we are, our aims and objectives, and how we are governed. You can also read about job vacancies, our complaints procedure and find out how to contact us.

  • About the HTA

    A starting point for those new to who the HTA are and what we do. Including who we regulate and what specific process and interactions we regulate.

  • Our people

    The HTA is committed to providing value for money and following the principles of Better Regulation; read about the people that make this happen.

  • Governance, committees and working groups

    Take a look at the way the HTA is governed and managed.

  • Authority meetings

    Our Authority takes strategic decisions about the work of the HTA; find out what is discussed at Authority meetings and the outcome. The HTA usually holds two Authority meetings a year in public; find out how you can attend.

  • Business and strategic plans

    The HTA has ambitious long term goals; read our business and strategic plans to find out more about our plans for the future.

  • Careers

    A career at the HTA is varied and challenging. We recognise the contribution every individual working for us makes and place emphasis on personal career development. Find out about current vacancies at the HTA.

  • Contact us

    Find out how to contact the HTA by telephone, email or letter. Also find directions for the HTA offices.

  • Complaints procedure

    If you have a complaint about the conduct of the HTA, our employees or people acting on our behalf, we would like to know. Find out more about how to make a complaint and the way the HTA will respond.

  • Frequently asked questions

    This page details frequently asked questions.

  • Equality and Diversity

    This page details the HTAs equality and diversity policies.

  • HTA progress on Justin McCracken's review

    Details the requirements of Justin McCraken's review of the HTA and the progress we have made towards meeting them.