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.

This section explains the consent exemptions from the Human Tissue Act (2004)
  • Consent
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
Position statement on extending existing licences to cover the removal of tissue from the deceased for research
  • Licensing
  • Removal licence
  • Research
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
More information about the HTA removal licence including how to apply
  • General licensing
  • Licensing
  • Removal licence
Glossary terms on consent and the use of DNA
  • DNA
This section explains the licensing exemptions from the Human Tissue Act (2004)
  • General licensing
  • Licensing
This page provides guidance on when DNA analysis may be used, for obtaining scientific or medical information about the person whose body manufactured the DNA, even if their consent has not been obtained. This page also provides information about how esta
  • DNA
On this page you will find information on the licensing requirments under the Human Tissue Act 2004.
  • General licensing
  • Human Tissue Act
  • Licensing
The standards that establishments licensed under an HTA anatomy licence should meet
  • HTA standards
  • Licensing

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