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.

What is expected of staff in relation to collecting spinal cord and brain tissue
  • Brain donation
  • Post mortem
HTA advice for mortuaries on contingency arrangements during busy periods
Resolving complaints can improve the Human Tissue Authority’s (HTA’s) services and support the HTA’s reputation.
  • Complaints
Guidance for establishments licensed under the Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) Regulations 2007 who are involved in the procurement, receipt and acceptance of umbilical cord blood.
  • Cord Blood
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Stem cells
  • Codes of practice
  • Research
Guidance on paragraph 100 of the HTA’s Code of Practice on the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013 – persons who may not act as an appointed representative
  • Wales
  • Deceased donation
Further guidance for mortuaries on how to formalise agreements with funeral directors
  • Funeral directors
Reporting obligations and processes regarding SARs and SAEs in HTA licensed establishments
  • Human application
  • Serious Adverse Event or Adverse Reaction (SAEARs)
 Transplant units must use the updated template referral letter provided here when referring a case to the HTA. Please note that we will not accept the old referral letter template.  Review of the template referral letter The HTA has reviewed the current template referral letter to promote greater consistency, reduce variability, and to ensure that all referral letters...
  • Living organ donation
  • Transplants
  • Organ donation and transplantation
Notice for Designated Individuals in the human application and research sectors regarding controlled rate freezers manufactured by Planer plc.