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Code of practice 2

Donation of solid organs for transplantation


References are listed in the order in which they appear in the code. Supplementary references are included at the end.

Human Tissue Act 2004

Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 

The Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) Regulations 2007

Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006: A guide to its implications for NHS Scotland issued on 20 July 2006 (Ref: NHS HDL (2006) 46))

HTA codes of practice 

HTA Directions 

HTA Guidance for transplant teams and Independent Assessors sets out in detail, by way of a step-by-step guide, the process that should be followed when assessing and approving cases of living organ donation.  This code focuses on the HT Act requirements. Both documents should therefore be read in conjunction.

Human Tissue Act 2004 (Persons who Lack Capacity to Consent and Transplants) Regulations 2006

Department of Health Consent guidance

Mental Capacity Act (MC Act) 2005

Welsh Assembly Government Reference guide to consent for examination or treatment

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) (Northern Ireland) Reference guide to consent for examination, treatment or care

Department of Health guidance Reimbursement of living donor expenses by the NHS

Children Act 1989

Office of Public Guardian

Mental Capacity Act 2005 code of practice

Welsh Assembly Government guidance on the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) (Northern Ireland) Consent documents

The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

Human Organ and Tissue Live Transplants (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (the Scottish Live Transplants)

HTA leaflet on Information about living donor transplants

Organ Donation Register

Coroners Act 1988

British Transplantation Society standards and guidelines 

HTA definition of relevant material

HTA licensing guidance

Guidance on tissue for human application is not covered in this code.  Information on this can be found in Directions issued by the HTA summarising the requirements of the Q&S Regulations and the EUTCD. These Regulations transpose into UK law the requirements of the EUTCD, which creates a common framework that ensures high standards in the procurement, testing, processing, storage, distribution and import / export of tissues and cells across the European Economic Area (EEA) community.

Court of Protection

Court of Protection Rules 2007

Practice Directions to supplement part 9 of the Court of Protection Rules 2007

Practice Directions to supplement part 10 of the Court of Protection Rules 2007

Official Solicitor’s website

Family Proceedings Rules 1991

Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS)


Supplementary references

Welsh Assembly Government consent documents

Welsh Language Act

E-learning course for IAs

HTA guide to our key messages – which explains the HTA’s roles and responsibilities

HTA e-newsletter – which provides regular news and updates about the HTA’s work