Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Anatomy sector compliance update report 2019

All establishments licensed in our Anatomy, Post Mortem, Public Display and Research sectors are required to provide us with updates of licensing information and to complete a compliance questionnaire. The data from this collection helps us to maintain oversight of the sectors we regulate, guide our regulatory approach for each sector, and inform the scheduling of site-visit inspections. We call these ‘compliance updates’ and we collect them every two years.

In October 2019, we completed a collection of compliance updates for the Anatomy sector. Anatomy sector establishments are organisations that use donated bodies or body parts for education and training, including medical schools and surgical training centres in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This report presents a snapshot of the key findings from the collection; identifying trends and themes we found from Anatomy sector submissions. We hope that this report will be useful to people working in the sector, as well as to members of the public who have an interest in body donation.

In summary, the data we collected in the 2019 round of compliance updates shows:

  • Information from all 38 establishments licensed in this sector, including one new establishment licensed during the 2018/19 period; and
  • That HTA-licensed Anatomy establishments are largely compliant with our licensing standards. This reflects the widely held respect for the gift of body donation and the genuine commitment to upholding the dignity of the deceased.

How we gather compliance data

We carefully analyse the data we receive from compliance updates. If we require further clarification on any aspects of the data, we follow these up with individual establishments. Compliance data is evaluated along with information such as the length of time since their last inspection. We use this information to prioritise establishments for future HTA inspections.

Compliance updates are submitted electronically, through the HTA Portal. As part of the submission, we ask establishments for feedback on the process. In 2019, the feedback we received from the Anatomy sector was positive, with the majority of establishments who had submitted previous compliance updates indicating that they found both the portal and submission process as good as, or better than, previous submissions. Only one establishment indicated that the process was worse than the last round of compliance updates. We will continue to monitor this feedback as part of our commitment and focus on continuous improvement for future submissions.

Key findings from the 2019 round of compliance updates from the Anatomy sector
Last updated on: 7 Jul 2020