Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Guidance for professionals

The filter and search function on this page allows you to refine down the full list of guidance that we provide for professionals to find specific items. Common searches for the HTA codes of practice and standards, licensing, fees and inspection information or for specific information for each of our regulated sectors can be found using the menu items above.

About HTA legal directions
This page sets out guidance on the definition of what the Human Tissue Act (2004) (HT Act) refers to as ‘relevant material’. This definition excludes human application.
  • Relevant material
This list is intended to supplement the HTA’s guidance on ‘relevant material’.
  • Relevant material
The list provides guidance to the human application sector on which types of ‘tissues and cells’ are regulated under the Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) Regulations 2007.
  • EU tissue and cells directive
  • Relevant material
Licence fee information for 2014/15
  • Fees
  • Licensing
Who can decide on what happens to tissue from the deceased
  • Consent
  • Post mortem
This section explains the consent exemptions from the Human Tissue Act (2004)
  • Consent
Guidance on the removal of relevant material from deceased children
  • Deceased children
  • Relevant material
Position statement on extending existing licences to cover the removal of tissue from the deceased for research
  • Licensing
  • Removal licence
  • Research
Protocol to ensure the provision of forensic pathology services in the event of regulatory action
  • Forensic Pathology Service
  • Inspection
  • Pathologists
  • Post mortem

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