Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Freedom of Information responses

Below are a number of FOI requests that the Human Tissue Authority have received and have replied to. Select the relevant PDF to view the associated response. Older responses can be viewed on our archived site.

HTA finance systems

The HTA was asked to provide information on its finance systems.

Requested date: 31 October 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon 31 10 2017 Freedom of Information Response - Finance systems.pdf

HTA expenditure over £25k

The HTA was asked to provide details of any expenditure over £25k

Requested date: 31 October 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon 31 10 2017 Freedom of Information Request Response - Expenditure.pdf

Freedom of information request about formal complaints to the HTA regarding temperature excursions

The HTA received an FOI request about formal complaints to the HTA regarding temperature excursions.

Requested date: 23 October 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon Freedom of Information Request Response Letter_Redacted re Complaints.pdf

Request for information on paediatric organ donation applications, approvals, and rejections

The HTA was asked to provide information about the number of applications seeking authorisation for paediatric organ donation, and figures for approvals and rejections, since the HTA's inception, or since records began.

Requested date: 23 October 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon FOI Request for Paediatric Organ Donation Applications, Approvals, and Rejections.pdf

Temperature excursions

The HTA was asked to provide details of any formal complaints with regards to temperature excursions.

Requested date: 09 October 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon Freedom of Information Request Response Letter - temperature excursions.pdf

Number of post-abortive pregnancy remains registered in the year June 2016-June 2017

The HTA has been asked to provide information about how many post-abortive pregnancy remains were registered with it in the year June 2016-June 2017.

Requested date: 04 October 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon Number of post-abortive pregnancy remains in June 2016-June 2017.pdf

The number of subject access requests received and processed in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and the number of subject access requests rejected.

The HTA has been asked to provide information about the number of subject access requests we received the identifying paperwork for and processed in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and how many we rejected. The HTA has also been asked to provide information about the average cost of processing a subject access request during the same period of time and how much we charge an individual to process it.

Requested date: 19 September 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon Information about subject access requests.pdf

Disposal of pregnancy remains

The HTA has been asked, in light of its advice to hospitals and clinics regarding the disposal of pregnancy remains to provide a description of an appropriate receptacle used to store multiple pregnancy remains and a photograph of such a receptacle.

Requested date: 07 September 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon 170913 Pregnancy remains Freedom of Information Request Response Letter_Redacted.pdf

Number of child bone marrow/blood cases approved and rejected

The HTA has been asked to provide information on how many child bone marrow/blood cases were approved and rejected in the years 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Requested date: 24 July 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon 170802 Freedom of Information Request _Child Bone Marrow and Blood Cases_ Response Letter_Redacted.pdf

Request for information about the date a licence was granted

The HTA has been asked to provide information on when a licence was granted to an establishment.

Requested date: 20 July 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon 170802 Freedom of Information Request _JointOperations (UK) LLP Licence_ Response Letter_Redacted.pdf

Total number of bodies retrieved from Grenfell Tower

The HTA has been asked to provide information about the total number of bodies retrieved from Grenfell Tower

Requested date: 23 June 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon HTA FOI response 05 07 2017.pdf

Nature of business transport at the HTA

The HTA has been asked to provide information about the nature of business travel and the procurement and usage of vehicle ownership, lease or rental.

Requested date: 23 June 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon HTA FOI response 30 06 2017.pdf

Estimate of how many bodies are accepted every year

The HTA has been asked to provide information about the estimate number of bodies accepted by medical schools every year.

Requested date: 14 June 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon HTA FOI response 19 06 2017.pdf

Body donations over the last 5 years

The HTA has been asked to provide information about the number of body donations that took place over the last 5 years

Requested date: 12 June 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon Body donations over the last 5 years.pdf

Contact details for Heads of Departments at the HTA

The HTA has been asked to provide the names and emails for heads of departments at the the HTA

Requested date: 08 June 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon HTA FOI response 09 06 2017.pdf

Information on Cyber Attacks

The HTA has been asked to provide information about any unauthorised external accessing or deliberate disruption of a computer system or a device owned and/or operated by the organisation.

Requested date: 11 May 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon Information on Cyber Attacks.pdf,
Complaints reports
PDF icon Information on Cyber Attacks (2).pdf

Information on Cyber Attacks (2)

The HTA has been asked to provide information about unauthorised external accessing or deliberate disruption of a computer system or a device owned and/or operated by the organisation.

Requested date: 11 May 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon Information on Cyber Attacks (2).pdf

Information about the Software system used by the HTA

The HTA has been asked to provide information on whether the HTA uses or is considering using bespoke software systems.

Requested date: 05 May 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon Information about the Software System used by the HTA.pdf

Information regarding establishments and designated individuals for mortuaries in the UK in 2013-2014

The HTA hads been asked to provide a list of Designated Individuals (DI) and establishments in the post mortem sector licensed by the HTA on 31 March 2014.

Requested date: 05 May 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon Establishments and designated individual for mortuaries in the UK in 2013-14.pdf

HTA Reportable Incident( 2)

The HTA was asked to provide informaion on a HTARI report

Requested date: 20 February 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon Freedom of Information Act request (HTARI 2).pdf

Information regarding HTARIs in 2016 (2)

The HTA was asked to provide information regarding HTA reportable incidents that took place in 2016

Requested date: 26 January 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon HTA FOI response 10 02 2017 HTARI 2013.pdf

Information regarding HTARIs in 2016 (1)

The HTA was asked to provide information regarding HTA reportable incidents that took place in 2016

Requested date: 20 January 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon HTA FOI response 10 2 2017 HTARI.pdf

Information on directed altruistic donations (DAD)

The HTA was asked to provide information on directed altruistic donations (DAD)

Requested date: 14 January 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon FOI Directed altruistic organ donations 14 01 2017.pdf

SAEARs and HTARIs in 2016

The HTA was asked to provide information on serious adverse events and reactions and HTA reportable incidents that took place during 2016

Requested date: 14 January 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon HTA FOI response 10 2 2017.pdf

Request for information regarding an HTA report

The HTA was asked to provide additional information regarding a incident that was reported to us.

Requested date: 07 January 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon FOI request - 07 01 2017.pdf,
Complaints reports
PDF icon 2017.02.20 A.pdf,
Complaints reports
PDF icon 2017.02.20 B.pdf

BACS payments and Direct Debit software

The HTA was asked to provide information on BACS payments and Direct Debit software suppliers.

Requested date: 06 January 2017

Complaints reports
PDF icon FOI BACS and direct debit software 6 01 2017.pdf

Request for information relating to a case of cryopreservation (2)

The HTA was asked for a note from an NHS trust and accompanying documents mentioned in a High Court judgement

Requested date: 21 November 2016

Complaints reports
PDF icon Cryopreservation_FINAL_FOIA_Response__21 11 16.pdf

SAEARs case

The HTA was ask to provide the name of an establishment involved in a SAEARs case.

Requested date: 21 November 2016

Complaints reports
PDF icon 161214 FOI response_ SAEARs.pdf

Request for information relating to a case of cryopreservation (1)

The HTA was asked for a note from an NHS trust and index of case papers mentioned in a High Court judgement

Requested date: 18 November 2016

Complaints reports
PDF icon Cryopreservation_FINAL_FOIA_Response__18 11 16.pdf

Assistance request

The HTA was asked to obtain information from a third party.

Requested date: 25 October 2016

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2016.11.18 FOIA_FINAL.pdf

HTA’s Correspondence with University of Bristol regarding a trachea transplant in 2008

The HTA was asked to share a letter written to the University of Bristol regarding a process taking place at the university in 2008, as part of a process to create an artificial trachea for transplant

Requested date: 09 October 2016

Complaints reports
PDF icon Freedom of Information Request Response _ Enquiry about a process relating to a trachea transplant at the University of Bristol in 2008.pdf,
Complaints reports
PDF icon Freedom of Information Request Response _ Enquiry about a process relating to a trachea transplant at the University of Bristol in 2008 Response Letter.pdf

Prosecutions under the Human Tissue Act

The HTA was asked if there had been any cases of prosecution under the Human Tissue Act, and if so what were the details and outcome of the prosecutions.

Requested date: 27 September 2016

Complaints reports
PDF icon 05082016 Freedom of Information Request - Prosecutions under the Human Tissue Act - Redacted.pdf

ICT expenditure at the HTA

The HTA was requested to provide a detailed breakdown of its ICT expenditure.

Requested date: 02 August 2016

Complaints reports
PDF icon 160802 Redacted Freedom of Information Request Response - ICT costs_Redacted.pdf,
Complaints reports
PDF icon 160802 HTA_FOI_Template ICT costs.pdf

Staff headcount and temporary agency worker contracts

The HTA was requested to provide the total staff headcount, in addition to a detailed breakdown of any contracts with temporary worker agencies.

Requested date: 26 July 2016

Complaints reports
PDF icon 160817 Freedom of Information Request_Staff headcount and temporary agency worker contracts_Redacted.pdf

Security & Fire products and services at the HTA

The HTA was asked to provide details of any contracts relating to security and fire products and services.

Requested date: 13 July 2016

Complaints reports
PDF icon 160729 Freedom of Information Request Response_Redacted.pdf

Compromise agreements at the HTA

The HTA was asked to provide information relating to compromise agreements at the HTA 

Requested date: 01 July 2016

Complaints reports
PDF icon Compromise agreements FOI response.pdf

HTA employee salaries

The HTA was asked to disclose details of employee earnings.

Requested date: 22 June 2016

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2016.07.20 FOI response redacted_Redacted.pdf

SAEARS in the ODT sector

The HTA was asked to provide information relating to serious adverse events and adverse reactions (SAEARs) in the organ donation and transplantation sector in the year 2015.

Requested date: 17 March 2016

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2016.04.12 FOI response re ODT SAEARs_Redacted.pdf

HTA organisational chart

The HTA was asked to provide its organisational chart and details on contractor/agency staff.

Requested date: 01 March 2016

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2016.03.01 FOI response_Redacted.pdf,
Complaints reports
PDF icon 2016.03.01 FOI response attached organisational chart.pdf

HTARIs in 2014 and 2015

The HTA was asked about the number and type of serious incidents in mortuaries during 2014 and 2015.

Requested date: 18 January 2016

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2016.01.18 FOI response_Redacted.pdf

HTA IT personnel

The HTA was asked who is responsible for our ICT/Digital/Business Change Programmes and Strategy.

Requested date: 30 November 2015

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2015.11.30 FOI response_Redacted.pdf

HTA funding

The HTA was asked to provide details on how it is funded.

Requested date: 14 October 2015

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2015.10.14 FOI response_Redacted.pdf

Confederation of British Industry (CBI) payments

The HTA was asked to provide information about the amount of any payments we have made to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and its subsidiaries.

Requested date: 06 August 2015

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2015.08.06 FOI response_Redacted.pdf

Pregnancy remains

The HTA was asked to provide information relating to pregnancy remains including Codes of Practice, FAQs, guidance and reported incidents.

Requested date: 03 August 2015

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2015.08.03 FOI response_Redacted.pdf,
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PDF icon 4 2014 July Interim HTA advice on the handling of fetal tissue.pdf,
Complaints reports
PDF icon 5 2008 ARCHIVED Inspection Report Template - post mortem and anatomy.pdf,
Complaints reports
PDF icon 5 ARCHIVED 2010-11-29 Post mortem inspection report template.pdf,
Complaints reports
PDF icon 5 HTA-TEM-008 Post Mortem Sector Inspection Evidence Workbook.pdf,
Complaints reports
PDF icon 5 HTA-TEM-009 Post Mortem Sector Inspection Interview Questions.pdf,
Complaints reports
PDF icon 5 HTA-TEM-012 Police Holdings Inspection Evidence Template.pdf,
Complaints reports
PDF icon 5 Post Mortem Licence Application Form.pdf,
Complaints reports
PDF icon 5 Post-mortem themed inspection report template.pdf,
Complaints reports
PDF icon 5 Themed Inspection evidence template PM sector.pdf

HTA organisational information

The HTA was asked for a directorate organisational chart

Requested date: 19 June 2015

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2015_06_19_FOI_response_redacted.pdf

Incident at Great Western Hospital

A request for all correspondence relating to an incident at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  

Requested date: 01 June 2015

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2015_06_05_FOI_response.pdf

Incident at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College NHS Trust, Accident and Emergency

The HTA was asked for information about an incident at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College NHS Trust, Accident and Emergency

Requested date: 29 May 2015

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2015_05_29_FOI_response_redacted.pdf

Incident at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College NHS Trust, Accident and Emergency

The HTA was asked for information about an incident at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College NHS Trust, Accident and Emergency

Requested date: 13 May 2015

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2015_05_13_FOI_response_redacted.pdf

Suppliers providing outsourced ICT Services

The HTA was asked for information about suppliers providing outsourced ICT Services

Requested date: 15 April 2015

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2015_04_15_FOI_response_Redacted.pdf

IT and procurement

The HTA was asked for information about its IT and procurement

Requested date: 02 April 2015

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2015-04-02_FOI_response_redacted.pdf

Special leave granted to employees

The HTA was asked how many days special leave was granted to employees between February 2014 to February 2015 and the reasons for this.

Requested date: 27 February 2015

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2015-02-27_FoI_response_employee_special_leave.pdf

IT training procurement

The HTA was asked for information on the ICT department, procurement of ICT services, generic training spending and decisions across the HTA.

Requested date: 24 February 2015

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2015-02-06_FOI_response_IT_training_spend_past_two_years.pdf

Current HTA contracts with third party suppliers

The HTA was asked about information on its current contracts with third party suppliers

Requested date: 18 February 2015

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2015 02 18 ICT contracts.pdf

SAEARs 2013 and 2014

The HTA was asked to provide the total number, and details, of serious adverse events and reactions reported in 2013 and 2014.

Requested date: 28 January 2015

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2015-01-28 FoI response SAEARs 2013 and 2014.pdf

HTARIs 2013 and 2014

The HTA was asked to provide the total number, and details, of HTA reportable incidents in 2013 and 2014.

Requested date: 28 January 2015

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2015-01-28 FoI response HTARIs 2013 and 2014.pdf

Payments to CBI and subsidiaries

The HTA was asked about any payments it makes to the Confederation of British Industry and its subsidiaries.

Requested date: 08 September 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014-09-08_FoI_response_payments_to_CBI.pdf

Contracts to tender in 2010 and 2013

The HTA was asked about contracts put out to tender in calendar years 2010 and 2013.

Requested date: 27 August 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014_08_27_FoI_response_contract_tenders_2010_and_2013.pdf

Investigation of possible sale of relevant material by Christie Hospital

The HTA was asked for information relating to the alleged sale/misuse of human tissues and any cases of whistle blowing at The Christie Hospital and/or the Manchester Cancer Research Biobank.

Requested date: 21 August 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014_08_21 FoI response_Christie_Hospital_sale_of_material.pdf

Staff pay over £100,000

The HTA was asked for details of employee salaries over £100,000.

Requested date: 19 August 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014_08_19_FoI_response_pay_over_£100,000.pdf

IT team and contracts

The HTA was asked about the structure of its IT team and about its IT contracts with highest spend.

Requested date: 07 August 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014-07-08_FoI_response_IT_team_structure_and_procurement.pdf

Translation service spend

The HTA was asked for details of spending on translating documents into English.

Requested date: 06 August 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014-07-08_FoI_response_spending_on_translation_into_English.pdf

Correspondence regarding Christopher Alder - revised request

A previous request regarding records of correspondence relating to Christopher Alder was revised

Requested date: 31 July 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014-07-31_FoI_response_Christopher_Alder_correspondence_-_revised.pdf

Correspondence regarding Christopher Alder

The HTA was asked for correspondence relating to Christopher Alder between November 4-25 2011. Specifically this correspondence should be between the HTA and Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, South Yorkshire Police or internal HTA communications.

Requested date: 16 July 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014-07-31_FoI_response_Christopher_Alder_correspondence.pdf

Organ donation stats 2011-13

The HTA was asked for stats on all organ and tissue donations in the UK between 2011-13.

Requested date: 16 July 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014-07-16_FoI_response_all_donations_in_the_UK_2011-13.pdf

The number of directed altruistic donations in the UK

The HTA was asked how many directed altruistic donations had occured in the UK.

Requested date: 03 July 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014-03-07_FoI_response_directed_altruistic_donation_numbers.pdf

Hull licensed establishment inspection reports and notes

The HTA was asked for inspection reports, and materials anciliary to their writing, for Hull City Mortuary and Hull Royal Infirmary Mortuary.

Requested date: 02 July 2014

The HTA also released the following documents in response to this information request:

  • Emails between Hull Royal Infirmary and HTA staff in relation to the planning and organisation of the inspections
  • Internal emails between HTA staff in relation to the planning and organisation of the inspections
  • Timetables for the site visit inspections
  • Handwritten notes made by HTA staff during the site visit inspections
  • Standard operating procedures (SOPs), policies, organisational plans, consent forms and training records provided by Hull Royal Infirmary during HTA inspections
  • Inspection reports
  • Emails between Hull Royal Infirmary and HTA staff in relation to conditions placed on the licence following inspection

 Please contact us if you would like a copy of this information.

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014-02-07_FoI_response_Hull_mortuaries_reports.pdf

Structure of the HTA internal auditing process

The HTA was asked about the structure and governance of its internal auditing process.

Requested date: 13 June 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014-06-13_FoI_response_internal_audits.pdf

Reportable incidents for Fryatt Hospital

The HTA was asked if we held any inspection reports or HTARI reports for Fryatt Hospital, Harwich and a copy of any guidance provided to licensed mortuaries on choosing funeral directors' services.

Requested date: 06 May 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014-05-06_FoI_response_Fryatt_Hospital_and_funeral_director_guidance.pdf

Post mortem audit process and hospitals in Worcestershire

The HTA was asked about the audit of post mortem licensed establishments and for specific details about establishments in Worcestershire.

Requested date: 17 April 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014-04-17_FOI_response_post_mortem_audit_and_Worcestershire_mortuaries.pdf

Complaints against the HTA

The HTA was asked for details of the complaints made against it in the last year.

Requested date: 08 April 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014-08-04_FoI_response_complaints_made_against_HTA.pdf

Human application serious adverse events and reaction

The HTA was asked for details of serious adverse events and reactions (SAEARs) across multiple types of human application activities, broken down by year.

Requested date: 06 April 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014-06-16_FoI_response_SAEARs_human_application.pdf

Laptops owned by the HTA and their distribution among staff

The HTA was asked how many laptops it owns and their distribution to staff.

Requested date: 26 March 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014-03-26_FoI_response_laptops_owned_by_HTA.pdf

Body donation statistics

The HTA was asked if it held statistics on the number of bodies donated to medical schools.

Requested date: 26 March 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014-03-26_FoI_response_body_donation_statistics.pdf

Chief executive's expense

The HTA was asked about its chief executive's expenses for the financial year 2013-14

Requested date: 07 March 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014-07-03_FoI_response_chief_executive's_expenses_2013-14.pdf

Number of HTA staff, funding of the HTA and inspection regime

The HTA was asked about the number of staff it employs, its funding and how it inspects licensed establishments involved in organ transplantation.

Requested date: 06 March 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014-03-06_FoI_response_HTA_size,_funding_and_transplant_inspections.pdf

Reportable incidents statistics for England and Wales

The HTA was asked about the number of HTARIs (formerly SUIs) which occurred in NHS establishments in England and Wales during 2013. A brief description of these incidents was also requested.

Requested date: 20 February 2014

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2014-02-20_FoI_response_HTARI_calendar_year_2013.pdf

Trade union activity and resources provided

The HTA was asked about staff time, company utilities and office space provided for trades unions activity.

Requested date: 31 July 2013

Complaints reports
PDF icon 2013_07_13_FoI_response_Trade_Union_payments_and_time.pdf