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 anatomy licence should meet
  • HTA standards
  • Licensing
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
On this page you will find information on the licensing requirments under the Human Tissue Act 2004.
  • General licensing
  • Human Tissue Act
  • Licensing
Position statement on the acceptance of donor consent for anatomical examination
  • Anatomical examination
  • Anatomy
  • Consent
Guidance about the HTA seeking patient identifiable information on inspection or when investigating complaints
  • General inspection
  • Inspection

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