Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Freedom of Information responses

Below are a number of FOI requests that the Human Tissue Authority have received and have replied to. Select the relevant PDF to view the associated response. Older responses can be viewed on our archived site.

The HTA was asked to provide documentation - including letters, emails, reports, and meeting minutes - related to concens about the Wellcome Sanger Institute's compliance with the Human Tissue Act in 2019.


The HTA was asked to provide information on the Serious Adverse Events and Reactions in the organ donation and transplantation sector.


The HTA was asked to provide correspondence relating to the discussion of a proposed development of a human taphonomy facility in the UK


We were asked to provide information on the complaints against the Wellcome Sanger Institute regarding the handling and storage of human tissue. We were also asked to provide reports on the compliance of the establishment and our communications with them.


The HTA was asked to provide information on their IT services: local area network, contacts and staff. 


We were asked to provide information on the HTA Reportable Incidents for 2018.


We were asked to provide a list of all HTA Reportable lncidents that took place in 2018.


The HTA was asked to provide information on those employed by staff aged between 16 - 18 years of age.


The HTA was asked to provide information on the site visit inspection report on compliance with HTA minimum standards regarding the University Hospital of Wales.


The HTA has been asked to provide information on how much money has been allocated for ‘no deal’ planning and delivery, and of this, how much has been spent so far.


We were asked to provide details of all post mortem sector reportable incidents in the 2018 calendar year.  


The HTA was asked to provide information on HTA Reportable Incidents in mortuaries. 


The HTA was asked to provide information for an audit on eye donations and the issuing and importation of cornea tissue for transplantation between 2014 - 2017.

 


We were asked to provide details of all HTA reportable incidents between 2017 and 2018.  


The HTA was asked to provide information on the total number (and type) of organs that have been imported to the UK for transplantation. 
 


The HTA was asked to provide information on the number of legal disputes between the HTA's department and other central government departments and non-departmental government bodies.


We were asked to provide the email address of the HTA's Chair, Nicola Blackwood.


The HTA was asked to provide information on the number of staff that had received disciplinary action from 2015 to date.


The HTA was asked to provide further information in the form of data and facts, to explain why deceased patients should be stored at specific temperatures in a mortuary.


The HTA was asked to provide information on the provenance and granted licenses for imported bodies into the UK since 2006.
 


The HTA was asked whether there is an accessible document which has all of the HTA-related Regulations and Standards.


The HTA was asked to provide the relevant contact information for the person(s) specialising in information security, information technology, data protection and information governance. 


The HTA was asked to provide information on licenses that have been issued or refused for both public and private organisations that have imported plastinated bodies, specimens or tissue samples from China, or where the original country of its origin is China.


The HTA was asked to provide all relevant information to explain why patients that stay over a 30 day period within a mortuary has to be frozen at specific temperatures.


The HTA was asked to provide information regarding its mobile and fixed-line telephony.


The HTA was asked to provide information on the total amount of compensation paid to its staff for personal injuries.


The HTA was asked to share their correspondence with DKMS on the matter of licensable activities.


The HTA was asked to provide information on its ICT expenditure.


The HTA was asked whether it has plans to deploy new IT machines/equipment (desktops and laptops) over the next 12 months. If yes; what technologies we are planning on deploying i.e. Office 365, Windows 10, to how many users, our estimated budget and the name of the person in charge of the procurement of the solution/service.


The HTA was asked to provide information on the number of their employees or full-time equivalents to be categorised by regions in the UK.


The HTA was asked to provide information on who supplies our financial accounting software and applications.


The HTA was asked to provide information on the sum and source of payment of Independent Assessors that have been accredited by the HTA.


The HTA was asked to provide information on investigations into the prohibition of commercial dealings in human material for transplantation between 2013 and 2017.


The HTA was asked to provide any record of evidence to show that electoral fraud would have been committed in the May local elections this year.


The HTA was asked to provide information on staff pay and executive emoluments by financial year from 2010 to 2018.


The HTA was asked to provide information on our courier supplier contracts and services between 2017 - 2018.


The HTA was asked to provide information on our courier services between 2017 - 2018.


The HTA was asked to provide copies of correspondence sent by Professor Birchall to the HTA in 2007 and 2008.


The HTA was asked to provide information on our social media policy and also to give a break down of our expenditure for our organisational accounts per calendar year (Facebook, Twitter).


The HTA was asked to provide information on the total number of organs received by HTA-licensed establishments, distinguishing between living and deceased donations; and also sharing the amount of human tissue received (in weight) by these establishments.


The HTA was asked to provide information on reportable incidents that took place in the 2017 calendar year.


The HTA was asked to provide details on the number of church officials currently working as representatives of the HTA.


The HTA was asked to provide information regarding energy supply contracts.  


The HTA was asked to provide details of any flight bookings made since January 2015.

 

 


The HTA was asked to provide information on the number of human tissue samples reported as being lost, stolen or missing.


The HTA was asked to provide details of any private companies used for communications.


The HTA was asked to provide details of serious incidents taking place in Scottish mortuaries in the last year.


The HTA was asked to provide details of technology used for video conferencing.


The HTA was asked to provide information on its finance systems.


The HTA was asked to provide details of any expenditure over £25k


The HTA received an FOI request about formal complaints to the HTA regarding temperature excursions.


The HTA was asked to provide details of any formal complaints with regards to temperature excursions.


The HTA has been asked to provide information about how many post-abortive pregnancy remains were registered with it in the year June 2016-June 2017.


The HTA has been asked to provide information about the number of subject access requests we received the identifying paperwork for and processed in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and how many we rejected. The HTA has also been asked to provide information about the average cost of processing a subject access request during the same period of time and how much we charge an individual to process it.


The HTA has been asked, in light of its advice to hospitals and clinics regarding the disposal of pregnancy remains to provide a description of an appropriate receptacle used to store multiple pregnancy remains and a photograph of such a receptacle.


The HTA has been asked to provide information on how many child bone marrow/blood cases were approved and rejected in the years 2014-15 and 2015-16.


The HTA has been asked to provide information on when a licence was granted to an establishment.


The HTA has been asked to provide information about the total number of bodies retrieved from Grenfell Tower


The HTA has been asked to provide information about the nature of business travel and the procurement and usage of vehicle ownership, lease or rental.


The HTA was asked to provide informaion on a HTARI report


The HTA was asked to provide information regarding HTA reportable incidents that took place in 2016


The HTA was asked to provide information regarding HTA reportable incidents that took place in 2016


The HTA was asked to provide information on directed altruistic donations (DAD)


The HTA was asked to provide information on serious adverse events and reactions and HTA reportable incidents that took place during 2016


The HTA was asked to provide additional information regarding a incident that was reported to us.


The HTA was asked to provide information on BACS payments and Direct Debit software suppliers.


The HTA was asked for a note from an NHS trust and accompanying documents mentioned in a High Court judgement


The HTA was ask to provide the name of an establishment involved in a SAEARs case.


The HTA was asked to obtain information from a third party.


The HTA was asked to share a letter written to the University of Bristol regarding a process taking place at the university in 2008, as part of a process to create an artificial trachea for transplant


The HTA was asked if there had been any cases of prosecution under the Human Tissue Act, and if so what were the details and outcome of the prosecutions.


The HTA was requested to provide a detailed breakdown of its ICT expenditure.


The HTA was requested to provide the total staff headcount, in addition to a detailed breakdown of any contracts with temporary worker agencies.


The HTA was asked to provide information relating to compromise agreements at the HTA 


The HTA was asked to provide information relating to serious adverse events and adverse reactions (SAEARs) in the organ donation and transplantation sector in the year 2015.


The HTA was asked to provide its organisational chart and details on contractor/agency staff.


The HTA was asked who is responsible for our ICT/Digital/Business Change Programmes and Strategy.


The HTA was asked about the structure of its IT team and about its IT contracts with highest spend.


A previous request regarding records of correspondence relating to Christopher Alder was revised


The HTA was asked for correspondence relating to Christopher Alder between November 4-25 2011. Specifically this correspondence should be between the HTA and Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, South Yorkshire Police or internal HTA communications.


The HTA was asked for stats on all organ and tissue donations in the UK between 2011-13.


The HTA was asked how many directed altruistic donations had occured in the UK.


The HTA was asked for inspection reports, and materials anciliary to their writing, for Hull City Mortuary and Hull Royal Infirmary Mortuary.


The HTA also released the following documents in response to this information request:

  • Emails between Hull Royal Infirmary and HTA staff in relation to the planning and organisation of the inspections
  • Internal emails between HTA staff in relation to the planning and organisation of the inspections
  • Timetables for the site visit inspections
  • Handwritten notes made by HTA staff during the site visit inspections
  • Standard operating procedures (SOPs), policies, organisational plans, consent forms and training records provided by Hull Royal Infirmary during HTA inspections
  • Inspection reports
  • Emails between Hull Royal Infirmary and HTA staff in relation to conditions placed on the licence following inspection

 Please contact us if you would like a copy of this information.

The HTA was asked about the structure and governance of its internal auditing process.


The HTA was asked if we held any inspection reports or HTARI reports for Fryatt Hospital, Harwich and a copy of any guidance provided to licensed mortuaries on choosing funeral directors' services.


The HTA was asked about the audit of post mortem licensed establishments and for specific details about establishments in Worcestershire.


The HTA was asked for details of the complaints made against it in the last year.


The HTA was asked for details of serious adverse events and reactions (SAEARs) across multiple types of human application activities, broken down by year.


The HTA was asked how many laptops it owns and their distribution to staff.


The HTA was asked if it held statistics on the number of bodies donated to medical schools.


The HTA was asked about its chief executive's expenses for the financial year 2013-14


The HTA was asked about the number of staff it employs, its funding and how it inspects licensed establishments involved in organ transplantation.


The HTA was asked about the number of HTARIs (formerly SUIs) which occurred in NHS establishments in England and Wales during 2013. A brief description of these incidents was also requested.


The HTA was asked about staff time, company utilities and office space provided for trades unions activity.