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.

Further guidance for mortuaries on how to formalise agreements with funeral directors
  • Funeral directors
Information about donor decelerations
  • Transplants
  • Organ donation and transplantation
  • Living organ donation
Resolving complaints can improve the Human Tissue Authority’s (HTA’s) services and support the HTA’s reputation.
  • Complaints
This guidance provides a comprehensive explanation of the responsibilities of toxicologists under the Human Tissue Act 2004.
  • Toxicology
HTA policy on the steps transplant units should take to prepare living organ donors when it is not possible to transplant their organ
  • Transplants
  • Organ donation and transplantation
  • Living organ donation
HTA policy on human tissue xenografts as relevant material, the consent implications and the licensing requirements under the HT Act 2004.
  • xenografts
Information for regional resilience teams on licensing of emergency mortuaries.
  • Emergency mortuaries
  • General licensing
  • Mortuaries
  • Post mortem
HTA's current position on the absence of a presumed genetic relationship
  • Transplants
  • Organ donation and transplantation
  • Living organ donation
This section explains the consent exemptions from the Human Tissue Act (2004)
  • Consent
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

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