Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs


Access keys

In order to increase the accessibility of this site, we have provided a number of Access keys. These are keyboard shortcuts providing an alternative form of navigation.

On this site the following access keys are in use:

1 - Homepage
3 - Site map
4 - Search
6 - Help
8 - Terms & conditions
9 - Contact us
0 - Access key details

To use all access keys (excluding number 4 'search'):

Windows users: press the 'Alt key' + access key number (e.g. 1 for the hompage) at the same time, and then just press the ENTER key

Mac users: press the 'Ctrl key' + access key number

To search using the access keys:

Windows users: press 'Alt+4',  type in your search term and press  ENTER
Mac users: press 'Ctrl+4', type in your search term and press ENTER

Standards compliance

All pages on the this website conform to conformance level A of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, including Priority 1 checkpoint defined in the Guidelines.

All pages of this website conform strictly to XHTML1.0

Further navigation aids

  • A crumb trail at the top of the page on all archive pages is included to indicate which section of the site you are in.
  • All listing pages, for example news have previous, next and home links to aid navigation in screen readers and text-only browsers.
  • A search dialogue box is included on all pages. This can also be accessed using access key 4 (see above)


All content images used on this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Graphics of a purely decorative nature include null ALT attributes.


  • No links that open new windows without warning are included.
  • Links are written to be descriptive of their target whenever possible. Where this is not possible, the link 'title' attribute has been used to describe the target.
  • Link text is never duplicated, so two links with the same link text always take you to the same destination.
  • There are no 'JavaScript:' pseudo-links included on this site. All links can be followed in any browser, (even if scripting has been disabled).

Visual design

  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are used on this site for visual layout.
  • A special CSS is used for printing pages (pages can be displayed in a printer friendly format - see help on printing). If your browser does not support CSS you will still be able to view this site.
  • A text resizing feature is available on Internet Explorer. To access this: go to 'View' menu, click 'Text Size', and then chose the desired size).
  • All the pages have been optimized as follows:  the main content comes first followed by the various navigation elements. This makes it easier for screen reader users to get to the relevant information as quickly as possible.

Browser compatibility

  • Internet Explorer 9 and above
  • Firefox v. 5 and above
  • Google Chrome
  • Safari 7 and above

-The system is validated as XHTML and AA compliant, therefore it should pass as working with assistive technologies as they are designed to work with these accessibility standards.

If you have an accessibility issue please email

Last updated on: 30 Oct 2014