Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Living organ donation

The Human Tissue Act 2004 requires the HTA to assess all proposed transplants from living donors and to decide whether the transplant should be approved, based on criteria set by Parliament. The HTA ensures donors are aware of the risks associated with transplants, that they have not been offered any reward to donate and have not been put under pressure to do so. Potential donors and recipients are interviewed by an Independent Assessor (IA) who submits a report to the HTA. The HTA works closely with NHS Blood and Transplant to ensure the appropriate systems are in place to support living organ donations. The Human Tissue Act 2004 provides a legal framework for living organ donation. Options for living donor transplants can be found online.

Information about the different types of living donation
Details of transplant units across the UK
Guidance on matching websites and social media
About the HTA's role in living organ donation
NHSBT and HTA's roles in living organ donation