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
Who can decide on what happens to tissue from the deceased
  • Consent
  • Post mortem
The standards that establishments licensed under an HTA human application licence should meet
  • General inspection
HTA policy on the steps transplant units should take to prepare living organ donors when it is not possible to transplant their organ
  • Transplants
  • Organ donation and transplantation
  • Living organ donation
As part of our regulatory function the HTA carries out inspections of licensed establishments. This page provides more information about the inspection process.
HTA position statement on the regulation of acellular material.
  • Acellular material
  • Transplants
Information about challenging an HTA licensing decision
  • General licensing
  • Licensing

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