Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Guidance for professionals

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Designated Individuals and Licence Holders both play key roles in the licensing arrangements under the Human Tissue Act (2004). This section explains the roles and responsibilities of these individuals.
  • General licensing
  • Licensing
Information about the HFEA and HTA's work to reduce the regulatory overlap regarding the storage of ovarian and testicular tissue.
  • Ovarian and testicular tissue
West Nile Virus – Bologna and Ferrara Districts, Italy
Organ Donation and Transplant Sector Regulation: A look back review (March 2014)
Guidance that Human Application sector establishments must follow
  • Human application
Notice for Designated Individuals in the human application and research sectors regarding controlled rate freezers manufactured by Planer plc.
The standards that establishments licensed under an HTA research licence should meet
Joint position statement on the regulating human embryonic stem cell lines for human application
  • Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Stem cells
Notice for Designated Individuals in the Human Application sector regarding Viaspan solution, which is distributed by Bristol Myers-Squibb.
Position statement jointly produced and issued by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and the Health Research Authority (HRA).
  • Diagnostic archives

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