Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Guidance for the public

A full list of all the guidance that we provide for members of the public is below. You can search for any guidance you require by using the search and/or filter on the right hand side of this page. Common searches for information about donation, tissue banking or post mortem examination can be found by clicking on the menu items above.

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.
Resolving complaints can improve the Human Tissue Authority’s (HTA’s) services and support the HTA’s reputation.
How the HTA supports high standards in research through proportionate regulation
How consent is sought for deceased organ donation and what legal requirements exist
What a coroners' post mortem involves and the limits of the HTA's remit over coroner's PM activities
Information about the use of DNA, how consent for it use should be sought and how this is regulated
Read our brief guide on post mortem examinations which do not require the body to be opened
Information for those considering donating their body for medical training

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