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.

Information for regional resilience teams on licensing of emergency mortuaries
  • Emergency mortuaries
  • General licensing
  • Mortuaries
  • 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
This page contains all the information hospitals and trusts need when considering adopting the Sands post mortem consent form. This form was developed in conjunction with the HTA, by the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity (Sands).
  • Consent
  • Deceased children
  • Perinatal
  • Post mortem
  • Pregnancy loss
Resolving complaints can improve the Human Tissue Authority’s (HTA’s) services and support the HTA’s reputation.
  • Complaints
This page covers the skills and knowledge which Sands' believes is necessary for those seeking consent/authorisation for a hospital post mortem examination of a baby. Sands is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.
  • Consent
  • Perinatal
  • Post mortem
  • Training
HTA policy on human tissue xenografts as relevant material, the consent implications and the licensing requirements under the HT Act 2004.
  • xenografts
Information about the communication pathway and model consent forms for professionals seeking consent for an adult or child's post mortem
  • Communication
  • Consent
  • Perinatal
  • Post mortem
This section explains the consent exemptions from the Human Tissue Act (2004)
  • Consent
Glossary terms on consent and the use of DNA
  • DNA
Position statement on extending existing licences to cover the removal of tissue from the deceased for research
  • Licensing
  • Removal licence
  • Research