Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs


The Authority – the HTA’s non-executive board – is made-up of a Chair and eleven Members:

  • nine are appointed by the Secretary of State for Health;
  • one is appointed by the Welsh Minister of Social Services and Public Health; and
  • one is appointed by the Minister of Health in Northern Ireland.

The Authority is made up of both lay and professional Members and currently includes an organ donor and a transplant recipient. The professional Members of our board come from medical and scientific backgrounds linked to our work, and the lay Members bring a wide range of business, commercial and public sector experience.

The Authority’s primary role is to ensure that the HTA’s statutory responsibilities are met and discharged effectively. It achieves this by setting the HTA’s strategic direction and providing both support and challenge to an Executive, which is responsible for the delivery of these responsibilities on a day-to-day basis.

While the Executive implements this Strategy by way of business plans, there are a number of mechanisms in place by which the Authority steers, scrutinises and reviews performance.

The Authority holds five board meetings per year, one of which is in public and combined with an annual conference. These meetings provide the opportunity to assess a range of

management information and more detailed reports on progress against elements of the  Strategy. They also allow the Authority to hold the Executive to account for the HTA’s performance.

Standing items reported to the Authority include:

  • Chief Executive’s report – to provide an overall assessment of the HTA’s performance and strategic risks.
  • Delivery report – to provide assurance on the delivery of regulatory activities.
  • Development report – to provide assurance on the delivery of development activities.  
  • Deployment report – to provide an update on the deployment of resources.  

The board meetings, supplemented by a strategic development event, also provide the main means by which the Authority sets the direction on issues of strategic importance that emerge over the course of the year.

The Authority is supported in its work by two standing committees:

  • Audit and Risk Assurance Committee; and
  • Remuneration Committee.

The Executive also holds quarterly accountability meetings with the Department of Health to review progress with delivery of key performance indicators and the management of strategic risks.

Last updated on: 6 Apr 2017