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.

Guidance to Bone Marrow and PBSC Transplant Teams and Accredited Assessors
  • Bone marrow donation
  • Transplants
Guidance on the online Portal for Independent Assessors
  • Donation
  • Living organ donation
  • Organ donation
  • Organs
  • Transplants
  • Portal guidance
As part of our regulatory function the HTA carries out inspections of licensed establishments. This page provides more information about the inspection process.
  • General inspection
  • Inspection
Guide to the HTA system for the reporting SAEARs that are linked to the procurement, testing, processing, preservation, storage and distribution of human tissues and cells.
  • Human application
  • Serious Adverse Event or Adverse Reaction (SAEARs)
The HTA is the UK Competent Authority for the purposes of the EU Tissues and Cells Directives, which set standards of quality and safety in relation to human tissues and cells intended for human application. Establishments wishing to import human tissues and cells for human application from a country outside of the EU into the UK must be licensed by the HTA for the activity of import.Please...
  • Human application
  • Import and export
Reporting obligations and processes regarding SARs and SAEs in HTA licensed establishments
  • Human application
  • Serious Adverse Event or Adverse Reaction (SAEARs)
Position statement on the disposal of anatomical specimens, former anatomical specimens and body parts (including those that have been imported).
  • Anatomical specimen
  • Disposal
Information regarding HTA Regulatory Alert 003/2008 on West Nile Virus
Notice for Designated Individuals regarding compliance reporting and the retention of tissue and organs following post-mortem examination_x000D_
A Channel 4 Dispatches programme in March 2014 highlighted pregnancy loss and the disposal of fetal remains.
  • Fetal tissue
  • Pregnancy loss