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.

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
Guidance on the HTA's living organ donation approval process
Information about the use of DNA, how consent for it use should be sought and how this is regulated
The HTA has developed a useful flowchart that shows you the steps in order to become a living organ donor.To view the flowchart, please click on the link below. 
Information for those considering donating their body for medical training
Read our brief guide on post mortem examinations which do not require the body to be opened
About donating your tissue for research