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Codes of practice

The HTA produces nine codes of practice to give professionals practical guidance on human tissue legislation. These codes were updated in July 2014 to reflect recent policy decisions and legal advice.

The codes have been moved to a PDF only format as an interim measure, pending a full codes review and the development of a new codes section of the website.

Clicking on the relevant headings will open a code on the correct page if you have a PDF viewer integrated into your browser, if you are using a stand-alone PDF viewer please use the index at the start of the code to navigate to the relevant section.

Code of Practice 1 - Consent

Code of Practice 1Introduction - Page 3
Consent: the fundamental principle - Page 7
Consent requirements - Part 1: General provisions - Page 10
Consent requirements - Part 2: Tissue from the deceased - Page 16
Consent requirements - Part 3: Tissue from the living - Page 24
Appendix A  - Page 35
Appendix B - Page 36
References - Page 38
Glossary - Page 40

Code of practice 2 - Donation of solid
organs for transplantation

Code of Practice 2Introduction - Page 3
Living organ donation - Page 7
Deceased organ donation - Page 18
Licensing requirements and organ donation and transplantation - Page 25
Appendix A - Page 28
Appendix B - Page 30
References - Page 31
Glossary - Page 33

Code of practice 3 - Post-mortem examination

Code of Practice 3Introduction - Page 3
Consent and communication - Page 7
The coroner’s post-mortem examination - Page 13
The hospital post-mortem examination - Page 18
Storage of tissue blocks and slides - Page 23
Disposal of tissue - Page 24
Records management - Page 25
HTA standards - Page 25
References - Page 31
Glossary - Page 33

Code of practice 4 - Anatomical examination

Code of Practice 4Introduction - Page 3
Providing information to potential donors - page 6
Obtaining appropriate consent - Page 6
Licensing - Page 8
Existing anatomical specimens - Page 8
Documentation and record keeping - Page 9
Care of cadaveric material - Page 9
Transfer or loan of cadaveric material - Page 10
Import and export of bodies or body parts - Page 11
The use of images - Page 11
Charging - Page 11
HTA standards - Page 12
References - Page 14
Glossary - Page 15

Code of practice 5 - Disposal

Code of Practice 5Introduction - Page 3
General guidance - Page 6
Disposal of tissue from the deceased - Page 8
Disposal of existing holdings - Page 13
Identifiable tissue - Page 16
Disposal of tissue from the living - Page 18
Appendix A: flow chart  setting  out disposal options - Page 20
References - Page 21
Glossary - Page 22

Code of practice 6 - Donation of allogeneic
bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cells
for transplantation

Code of Practice 6Introduction - Page 3
Statutory framework - Page 6
HTA approval process - Page 11
Consent - Page 12
Informing the donor - Page 13
Donations by children - Page 14
Donations by adults - Page 17
Appendix A - Guidance on requirements for court approval - Page 19
References - Page 20
Glossary - Page 22

Code of practice 7 - Public display

Code of Practice 7Introduction - Page 2
Consent - Page 7
Licensing - Page 8
HTA standards - Page 12
Appendix A - Scheduled purposes and licensing - Page 17
Appendix B – Licensing and consent flowcharts - Page 18
References - Page 19

Code of practice 8 - Import and export

Code of Practice 8Introduction - Page 2
Underlying principles - Page 6
Part 1 - Guidance for HTA-licensed establishments - Page 7
Part 2 - Guidance for those not undertaking licensable activities - Page 10
Using and adopting existing standards - Page 13
Glossary - Page 13

Code of practice 9 - Research

Code of Practice 9Introduction - Page 2
Human tissue and research - Page 6
Consent - Page 8
Licensing - Page 12
Interface between research, human application and clinical trials - Page 15
HTA standards - Page 17
Appendix A - Licensing and consent flowcharts - Page 21
Appendix B - Link between ethical approval and licensing/consent exceptions - Page 22
References - Page 23
Glossary - Page 24