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.

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
Policy on the sale of bodies, body parts and tissue
  • Sale of body parts
Protocol to ensure the provision of forensic pathology services in the event of regulatory action
  • Forensic Pathology Service
  • Inspection
  • Pathologists
  • Post mortem
This policy outlines the approach the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) takes when dealing with allegations about individuals or establishments (licensed or unlicensed) that fall into the HTA’s regulatory remit.
  • Allegations
  • Inspection
  • Investigation
Further guidance for mortuaries on how to formalise agreements with funeral directors
  • Funeral directors
Resolving complaints can improve the Human Tissue Authority’s (HTA’s) services and support the HTA’s reputation.
  • Complaints

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