Freedom of Information and Data Protection
This page provides information about how to make a Freedom of Information request and about our Data Protection statement. You can also download our publications scheme.
Freedom of Information
The HTA has a responsibility to make its information available in accordance with the FOI Act.
Making an FOI request
Members of the public have a statutory right to obtain, either through this website or in another form, all information which is covered in the HTA’s publications scheme. Regardless of when it was created, by whom, or the form in which it is now covered. This is subject to exemptions outlined in the FOI Act.
FOI requests can be made directly to the HTA to email@example.com or by writing to the address below. If possible a response will be issued within the FOI response time of 20 working days of initial receipt of the request.
Human Tissue Authority
151 Buckingham Palace Road
020 7269 1900
Complaints about FOI requests
If you are not happy with the information communicated to you by the HTA, you have the right to complain. Complaints should be directed in the first instance in writing to the HTA, at the above post or email address. The HTA will respond to all complaints within 30 working days. For more information see our complaints policy.
Publications scheme and disclosure log
You can download our publications scheme from the left side of this page. The publications scheme contains links to where the documents on the scheme can be found on this website.
You can also access our disclosure log using the link on the left of this page.
Data Protection Statement
The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) is a Data Controller under the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘the Act’). This statement confirms the HTA’s commitment to protect your privacy and to process your personal information in a manner which meets the requirements of the Act.
Why we need your personal information
The information we collect may include:
- Name and job title
- Contact information
- Age, disability status, ethnicity, gender and nationality
- Occupation and company details
- Other information relevant to statutory functions
- Other information relevant to our HR function
The HTA may use this information for the following reasons:
- To carry out our statutory functions
- Complaints and dispute handling
- To improve our services
- To send information which we think may be of interest to you
- Staff administration, including HR functions
- To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations
Monitoring and recording of communications
We may monitor or record any communication between you and the HTA for quality control and training purposes.
The HTA has appropriate technical and organisational measures in place to prevent the unauthorised or unlawful processing of your personal information, and accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, your personal information.
Your rights to access your personal information
You are entitled pursuant to the Act to ask for a copy of your personal information, for which we will charge a £10 fee, and to have any inaccuracies in your information corrected. Download a Subject Access Request form.
We collect email addresses from those who voluntarily sign up for any one of our free email newsletters. We do not sell or pass on these addresses to any other organisation, or use them for any other purpose ourselves. Other contact details are not passed on without advance notification or consent (or both).
Other personal data
We collect contact details for individuals so that we can carry out our work. Professional contact details are either taken from public sources or given to us knowingly and used with permission.
Our guidelines for use of personal data on our website and in our publications:
- We will not give the personal data or full name of anyone in a photographic image
- We will not include personal email or postal addresses, or telephone or fax numbers in any of our publications