Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Fresh frozen material

In the previous round of compliance updates, 14 establishments indicated they used fresh frozen material. In the 2017 update, this number increased to 19.

Of the 19 establishments using fresh frozen material, 14 reported where they sourced material. Nine obtain fresh frozen material exclusively from the USA. Three obtain fresh frozen material within the UK and two establishments source material from both the UK and the USA.

Whilst all of these establishments confirmed donors of fresh frozen material had a low risk status, only 17 establishments relied on testing to confirm this. Establishments reported that they tested for a range of potential infections, such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and CJD.

Of the establishments that did not carry out testing, three reported that they relied on the medical record of the donor or opinion of the clinician signing the death certificate to confirm that there was low risk of infection.

Last updated on: 27 May 2019