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.

Regulation of the Post Mortem Sector 2014 - 16: What we have learnedNovember 2016This report is aimed particularly at Designated Individuals (DI), Persons Designated (PD), and any staff working under their direction in the conduct of licensed activities: predominantly pathologists and anatomical pathology technologists. The contextual sector information and the learning gained from the...
  • Post mortem
  • HTA Reportable Incident (HTARI)
  • Mortuaries
  • News and events
New guidance relating to consent for research relating to transplantation where donors are deceased
  • Organ donation and transplantation
  • Organ donation
  • Organs
  • Research
  • Consent
Issued 10 May 2017Notice for •    Designated Individuals (DIs) in the Human Application (HA) sector ScopeThis alert is being issued by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and includes information relevant to DIs of establishments which use human albumin during the processing of tissues or cells for human application. Please circulate this information to staff within your...
  • Human application
This document provides step-by-step guidance on how to complete and submit compliance updates
  • Compliance updates
  • Governance
For the Anatomy, Organ Donation and Transplantation, Public Display, Research and Post Mortem sectors
  • Compliance updates
  • EU Organ Donation Directive
  • Human Tissue Act
  • General licensing
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...
  • Organ donation and transplantation
  • Living organ donation
  • Transplants
Information for Independent Assessors and Living Donor Coordinators
  • Living organ donation
  • Organ donation and transplantation
  • Transplants
Further information and resources for living organ donation can be found on the following websites:NHSBTCould I be a living kidney donor?British Transplantation SocietyGive a KidneyThe UK Living Kidney Sharing SchemesCould I be a living liver donor?European Commission Living Kidney Donation Toolbox  
  • Living organ donation
  • Transplants
  • Organ donation and transplantation
The role of the HTA in Bone Marrow and PBSC donationThe Human Tissue Act 2004 (HT Act) provides the legal framework for bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, the framework is provided by the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006. PBSCs are cells found in the bloodstream which are able to develop into the different cell types...
  • Living organ donation
  • Transplants
  • Living organ donation
  • Organ donation and transplantation
  • Transplants
  • Independent Assessors

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