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
Further resources for those working in the research sector
  • Consent
Guide to Quality and Safety Assurance for Human Tissues and Cells for Patient Treatment
  • Human application
The HTA has published its revised guidance on the public display of human bodies, body parts and tissue following an extensive consultation.
Joint position statement on the regulating human embryonic stem cell lines for human application
  • Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Stem cells
The standards that establishments licensed under an HTA public display licence should meet
  • HTA standards
  • Licensing

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