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.

Glossary terms on consent and the use of DNA
  • DNA
The objectives of Preparation Process Dossiers including process validation, reagents and materials, quality control and labelling
  • Human application
  • Preparation Process Dossiers
For the anatomy, organ donation and transplantation, public display, research and post mortem sectors
Further information about the definition of public display
  • Relevant material
Which records should be used by licensed and unlicensed establishments to evidence traceability and ensure a robust audit trail
  • Record retention
The Human Tissue Authority (HTA), on behalf of Scottish Ministers, is responsible for assessing all living organ donation cases that take place in Scotland. The HTA also considers allogeneic donation of regenerative tissue where the donor is under 16 or an adult with incapacity in Scotland. Only once HTA approval is in place can these donations go ahead. The Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 (HT...
  • Organ donation and transplantation
  • Living organ donation
Notice for Designated Individuals in the human application and research sectors regarding controlled rate freezers manufactured by Planer plc.
On this page you will find information on the licensing requirments under the Human Tissue Act 2004.
  • General licensing
  • Human Tissue Act
  • Licensing
This page provided information on the licensing of procurement organisations by the HTA, including the deadline for applying for a licence and the licence fee.
  • General licensing
  • Licensing
  • Procurement
HTA position statement on the collection (procurement) of umbilical cord blood.
  • Cord Blood
  • Human application
  • Stem cells

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