The Human Tissue Authority’s (HTA) annual review meeting was held on 14 July 2015 in London. Over 100 people from across the organisations we regulate: Royal Colleges, charities, and public facing organisations, were in attendance.
The HTA was established to make sure that tissue and organs are used safely, ethically and with proper consent. This event was a chance to look back over the last decade and discuss some of the upcoming challenges in the areas we regulate.
The meeting was held in two parts (a full agenda for the day can be found here); in the morning was our public authority meeting which provided attendees with an opportunity to observe the HTA’s Board as it discussed its business. Papers for the public authority meeting can be found here.
In the afternoon, the HTA’s annual review event focused on the topic of informed consent. A range of high profile expert speakers from a range of backgrounds spoke about their views on consent. Following this, participants discussed the importance of consent, future challenges and changes, and what this might mean for the HTA's work.
Speakers during the afternoon session included:
- Baroness Hayman: first Chair of the HTA
- Professor Margot Brazier: former Chair of the Retained Organs Commission and Professor of Law at the University of Manchester
- Hugh Whittall: Director of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics
- Professor Papalois: Consultant transplant surgeon at Hammersmith Hospital
- Amanda Gibbon: Chair of University College London Hospitals Organ Donation Committee and the UCL/UCLH Biobank Ethical Review Committee
At the event, we launched our annual review of 2014/15: 'Supporting change, progress & innovation' and a separate publication looking at the (what at the time) was the last 10 years of the HTA: 'A Decade of Expertise'