Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Advice and learning

41.  Seventeen items of advice were given against standard C3.

42.  Consent training should be available to all staff involved in seeking consent for research. It is important that consent training is not considered a one-off event and that proficiency in seeking consent is upheld. There is no set requirement for the frequency of consent training. Regular consent training should aim to ensure that staff involved in seeking consent are kept informed about the requirements of the HT Act 2004 and of any relevant good practice. 

43.  Clinical staff may be involved in seeking consent within their professional capacity, which is usually part of patient treatment. However, there are differences in consent for patient treatment and consent for research. Consent to treatment and examination is covered by the common law and Mental Capacity Act 2005. Under the HT Act, consent must be in place for the storage and use of tissue from the living and for the removal, storage and use of tissue from the deceased. 

44.  Establishments should ensure that: 

  • the training covers the consent requirements of the HT Act;
  • a log of staff attending consent training is maintained;
  • refresher consent training is available to staff involved in seeking consent;
  • the consent process is subject to review through process audits to ensure it is robust;
  • training is updated when legislation has changed or when new policies or practices have been implemented.
Last updated on: 3 Aug 2016