Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

HTA policy on the steps transplant units should take to prepare living organ donors when it is not possible to transplant their organ
  • Living organ donation
  • Transplants
  • Organ donation and transplantation
In part, the Human Tissue Act 2004 was introduced to ensure that living organ donors have made an informed and voluntary decision to donate their organ; free from duress, coercion and reward. Organ trafficking and modern day slavery is a concern for all healthcare professionals.Modern slavery encompasses a broad range of offences including forced labour, domestic servitude and illegal organ...
  • Organ donation and transplantation
  • Transplants
  • Living organ donation
Issued: 14 August 2018Notice for: •    Designated Individuals in the Human Application sector •    Licence contacts in the Organ Donation and Transplantation sector  ScopeThis alert is being issued by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and includes information about recent cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in individuals in Romania and France.Please...
  • Human application
  • Organ donation and transplantation
An overview of the Human Tissue Authority’s (HTA) role in the regulation of post-mortem examination.
  • Inspection
  • Pathologists
  • Post mortem
  • Communication
  • Coroners
  • Governance
  • Mortuaries
Since the implementation of the updated Codes of Practice and licensing standards in April 2017, there has been an increase in the amount and severity of shortfalls identified during routine site visit inspections, particularly in the PM sector. We have identified that certain standards are consistently not being met by the majority of establishments inspected since April 2017. As a result, the...
  • Consent
  • HTA standards
  • Mortuaries
  • Pathologists
  • Post mortem
  • Traceability
Bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation: Legal Framework
  • Bone marrow donation
The Human Tissue Authority (HTA), on behalf of Scottish Ministers, is responsible for assessing all living organ donation cases that take place in Scotland. The HTA also considers allogeneic donation of regenerative tissue where the donor is under 16 or an adult with incapacity in Scotland. Only once HTA approval is in place can these donations go ahead. The Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 (HT...
  • Bone marrow donation
The Human Tissue Act 2004 (Persons who Lack Capacity to Consent and Transplants) Regulations 2006 (Regulations) require that an AA must have conducted separate interviews with the donor, the person giving consent on the donor’s behalf and the recipient in order to gather the material that must be reported to the HTA.The purpose of the interviews is to ensure that donors are not forced to do...
  • Bone marrow donation
The Human Tissue Act 2004 (Persons who Lack Capacity to Consent and Transplants) Regulations 2006 (Regulations) require that an AA must have conducted separate interviews with the donor, the person giving consent on the donor’s behalf and the recipient in order to gather the material that must be reported to the HTA.The purpose of the interviews is to ensure that donors are not forced to do...
  • Bone marrow donation
The Human Tissue Act 2004 (Persons who Lack Capacity to Consent and Transplants) Regulations 2006 (Regulations) require that an AA must have conducted separate interviews with the donor, the person giving consent on the donor’s behalf and the recipient in order to gather the material that must be reported to the HTA.The purpose of the interviews is to ensure that donors are not forced to do...
  • Bone marrow donation

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