Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs


C3 Staff involved in seeking consent receive training and support in the implications and essential requirements of taking consent

38.  Four minor shortfalls were found against standard C3.

39.  Tissue from the deceased (for example, obtained during a post-mortem examination) may be used for research with the consent from a person ranked highest in the hierarchy of qualifying relationships set out in the HT Act (see HTA’s code of practice on post-mortem examination) This consent will be usually sought at the same time as consent for the post-mortem examination is being sought. A minor shortfall was given to one establishment using deceased tissue in research because there was no system in place to ensure that all clinicians seeking consent were appropriately trained.  

40.  The other shortfalls identified against standard C3 were primarily due to establishments being unable to demonstrate the availability of suitable consent training resources, in order to ensure staff training is kept up to date. Furthermore, DIs were advised to maintain a log of staff who had attended consent training.


Last updated on: 3 Aug 2016