Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Guidance on the online Portal for Independent Assessors
  • Donation
  • Living organ donation
  • Organ donation
  • Organs
  • Transplants
  • Portal guidance
Designated Individuals and Licence Holders both play key roles in the licensing arrangements under the Human Tissue Act (2004). This section explains the roles and responsibilities of these individuals.
  • General licensing
  • Licensing
The HTA is the UK Competent Authority for the purposes of the EU Tissues and Cells Directives, which set standards of quality and safety in relation to human tissues and cells intended for human application. Establishments wishing to import human tissues and cells for human application from a country outside of the EU into the UK must be licensed by the HTA for the activity of import.Please...
  • Human application
  • Import and export
Information to help midwives, maternity units and other cord blood procurers understand the legal requirements for cord blood collection
  • Cord Blood
  • Human application
  • Procurement
Policy on the sale of bodies, body parts and tissue
  • Sale of body parts
The standards that establishments licensed under an HTA human application licence should meet
  • HTA standards
  • Licensing
Information for establishments in the human application sector
  • EU tissue and cells directive
  • Human application
  • Tissue and cell donation
Which research activities the HTA requlates and how consent should be obtained to use human tissue for research
  • Research
Notice for Designated Individuals regarding compliance reporting and the retention of tissue and organs following post-mortem examination_x000D_
Guidance on the removal of relevant material from deceased children
  • Deceased children
  • Relevant material