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
HTA policy on human tissue xenografts as relevant material, the consent implications and the licensing requirements under the HT Act 2004.
  • xenografts
Information for regional resilience teams on licensing of emergency mortuaries.
  • Emergency mortuaries
  • General licensing
  • Mortuaries
  • Post mortem
This section explains the consent exemptions from the Human Tissue Act (2004)
  • Consent
This page contains all the information hospitals and trusts need when considering adopting the Sands post mortem consent form. This form was developed in conjunction with the HTA, by the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity (Sands).
  • Consent
  • Deceased children
  • Perinatal
  • Post mortem
  • Pregnancy loss
Position statement on extending existing licences to cover the removal of tissue from the deceased for research
  • Licensing
  • Removal licence
  • Research

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