Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Sector publications

Regulation of the Post Mortem Sector 2014 - 16: What we have learned

November 2016

This report is aimed particularly at Designated Individuals (DI), Persons Designated (PD), and any staff working under their direction in the conduct of licensed activities: predominantly pathologists and anatomical pathology technologists. The contextual sector information and the learning gained from the investigation of HTARIs will provide a useful information resource and may help them mitigate the risks associated with mortuary practice.
 
It may also be of use to other professional groups not subject to HTA regulation but involved in the provision of PM services, for example: coroners, their officers, funeral directors and bereavement services.
 
 

Research sector review

July 2016

Last year, the HTA completed the first round of inspections for all the establishments we have licensed in our research sector since the HTA’s inception. This review presents the trends found on those inspections, as highlighted through our reported findings. Through the review, we also aim to share good practice and promote improvements. Through our regulation, we want to encourage and support a culture of responsible custodianship, something we believe is already present in the research sector. In fostering this environment, the drive for improvement and high standards is shared with the people best placed to effect long-lasting changes and deliver continuous improvements at local and national levels. 

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 human tissue research. Our website remains the most up-to-date source of information for all the sectors we regulate and includes not only codes of practice and other documents but also guidance produced in collaboration with other bodies working within the research regulatory environment.

View the review on our website

Download the review as a PDF

Anatomy sector compliance updates review

July 2016

To support our system of continuous licensing, all establishments licensed in our anatomy, post-mortem, public display and research sectors are required to provide us with periodic updates of licensing information and to complete a questionnaire. This helps us to maintain oversight of the sectors we regulate, guide our regulatory approach to each sector, and inform the scheduling of site-visit inspections. These ‘compliance updates’ have been collected every two years since the first round in 2011.

In December 2015, we completed the collection of compliance information for the anatomy sector. This ‘snapshot’ report presents selected findings from these compliance updates and provides a brief analysis of the trends and themes. 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 human anatomy. 

View the review on our website

Download the review as a PDF

Research sector compliance updates review

July 2016

To support our system of continuous licensing, all establishments licensed in our anatomy, post-mortem, public display and research sectors are required to provide us with periodic updates of licensing information and to complete a questionnaire. This helps us to maintain oversight of the sectors we regulate, guide our regulatory approach to each sector, and inform the scheduling of site-visit inspections. These ‘compliance updates’ have been collected every two years since the first round in 2011.

In December 2015, we completed the collection of compliance information for the research sector. This ‘snapshot’ report presents selected findings from these compliance updates and provides a brief analysis of the trends and themes. 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 human tissue research.

View the review on our website

Download the review as a PDF

Mortuary capacity and contingency planning

November 2015

During 2015 we included a number of specific questions on body storage capacity and contingency arrangements in the post mortem sector compliance questionnaire. Completed questionnaires were submitted by all 178 establishments licensed in the post mortem sector and the HTA is grateful to respondents for the information they provided. Our analysis of the information provided has identified some of the broader challenges for HTA-licensed mortuaries in relation to storage capacity and contingency. This report outlines these challenges, and offers a number of recommendations on how mortuaries can strengthen their contingency arrangements and mitigate the  risks that may result from a shortage of mortuary fridge and freezer spaces. The report also makes general recommendations for consideration by any organisation that has responsibility for, or interest in, the provision of mortuary services, including local authorities, coroners and resilience planning teams.

Download the mortuary capacity and contingency planning report

View the post mortem section of our website

Anatomy sector review

March 2015

This document is a summary of HTA inspection findings, advice and learning gathered between 2010-14. In May 2014 the HTA completed its first cycle of site visit inspections for all establishments licensed in the anatomy sector. This summary report collates the findings of the inspections of these establishments and provides an analysis of the trends and themes to facilitate further improvements in this sector. We hope this report will be useful to people working in the sector, and of wider interest to members of the public and other parties.

Download Anatomy sector review March 2015

View the Anatomy sector area of the HTA website

HTA code of practice on Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013

Annual Review 2013-14

May 2014

At the request of the Welsh Government, the HTA has published a draft Code of Practice which offers guidance on the new Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013, due to come into force in Wales on 1 December 2015. The HTA is publishing the draft code ahead of the legislation coming into force so that health care professionals throughout Wales have a chance to familiarise themselves with the guidance.

Download the code of practice on the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013

Consultation on the code of practice on Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013

May 2014

The HTA consulted on the draft Code of Practice for the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act from 1 October 2013 to 23 December 2013.

Download the summary of responses to the consultation on the code of practice for the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013

Download the full responses to the consultation on the code of practice for the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act

Organ Donation and Transplant Sector Regulation - A look back review

Annual Review 2013-14

April 2014

In December 2012, the HTA commenced on-site audits of the 37 establishments licensed under the EU Organ Donation Directives. This review summarises the findings of the audits conducted and provides an overview of the serious adverse events and adverse reactions (SAEARs) reported during the first year of licensing.

Download the Organ Donation and Transplantation look back review (March 2014)

View the ODT sector area of the HTA website.

Sharing learning - Lessons learned from HTA reportable incidents in the post mortem sector, 2012/13

HTARI Look Back

January 2014

This report contains information about HTA Reportable Incidents (HTARIs) that were notified to the HTA during the 2012-13 business year. This includes examples of actual incidents which occurred, what lead up to them, what action was taken to address them and procedures for preventing such incidents from re-occurring.

Download Sharing learning 2012/2013 analysis of HTARI reporting

View the post mortem sector area of the HTA website.

2009/10 Summary report of performance against HTA standards for all sectors

2009-10 Regulatory ReviewApril 2011

This report provides information about our inspection findings and regulatory activity for the 2009/10 business year. The report contains brief summaries of site-visit inspection findings for the public display, anatomy and research sectors, which undertake relatively low levels of licensed activities. For the post mortem and human application sectors, there are more comprehensive sections due to the greater numbers of licensed establishments inspected, greater range of regulatory activities undertaken by the HTA and the wider range of licensed activities taking place.

Where relevant, we have drawn conclusions and highlighted good practice. In doing so, we aim to create opportunities for learning that will support the people whose work we regulate and help to further improve standards..

Download 2009/10 Summary report of performance against HTA standards for all sectors