Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Anatomy sector compliance updates review - 2015/2016

Introduction

To support our system of continuous licensing, all establishments licensed in our anatomy, post-mortem, public display and research sectors are required to provide us with periodic updates of licensing information and to complete a questionnaire. This helps us to maintain oversight of the sectors we regulate, guide our regulatory approach to each sector, and inform the scheduling of site-visit inspections. These ‘compliance updates’ have been collected every two years since the first round in 2011.

In December 2015, we completed the collection of compliance information for the anatomy sector. This ‘snapshot’ report presents selected findings from these compliance updates and provides a brief analysis of the trends and themes. We hope that this report will be useful to people working in the sector, as well as to members of the public who have an
interest in human anatomy. 

For the 2015 compliance updates, we received information from all 36 establishments licensed in this sector. This summary report shows that HTA-licensed anatomy establishments are largely compliant with HTA’s licensing standards. This reflects the widely held respect for the gift of body donation and the genuine commitment to upholding the dignity of the deceased.

Data from the submitted compliance updates is analysed and any points requiring clarification are followed up with individual establishments. If necessary improvements are put in place with our support. Compliance data is evaluated and, along with information such as the length of time since the last inspection, is used to prioritise establishments for
inspection.

Feedback on the compliance update questions and the process was sought and was very positive about both. The instructions were found to be clear, the accompanying guidance useful and the submission process much improved. However, we are not
complacent, and we will use the comments to further improve future data collections.