Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

This page provides background information on the implementation of the EU Tissue and Cells Directive via the Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) Regulations 2007.
  • EU tissue and cells directive
The standards that establishments licensed under an HTA post mortem licence should meet
  • HTA standards
  • Licensing
Here you will find information on Designated Individuals (DIs) and Licence Holders (LHs) under the Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) Regulations 2007
  • General licensing
Policy on the management and traceability of tissue samples retained by independent pathologists
  • Pathologists
  • Traceability
Guide to the HTA system for the reporting SAEARs that are linked to the procurement, testing, processing, preservation, storage and distribution of human tissues and cells.
  • Human application
  • Serious Adverse Event or Adverse Reaction (SAEARs)
Policy on consent for post-mortem examination and tissue retention under the Human Tissue Act 2004
  • Consent
  • Human Tissue Act
  • Post mortem
  • Research
To help those preparing for a pandemic situation, the HTA has produced guidance on temporary body storage arrangements and licensing requirements.
  • Storage
Information about the regulatory framework applied to Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs)
  • Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products
  • Regenerative medicine
A Channel 4 Dispatches programme in March 2014 highlighted pregnancy loss and the disposal of fetal remains.
  • Fetal tissue
  • Pregnancy loss
Guidance on the removal of relevant material from deceased children
  • Deceased children
  • Relevant material

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