Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs


Delivery objectives

Our delivery objectives are:

  • Deliver a right touch program of licensing, inspection and incident reporting, targeting our resources where there is most risk to public confidence and patient safety;
  • Deliver effective regulation of living donation;
  • Provide high quality advice and guidance in a timely way to support professionals, Government and the public in matters within our remit;
  • Be consistent and transparent in our decision-making and regulatory action, supporting those licence holders who are committed to achieving high quality and dealing firmly and fairly with those who do not comply with our standards;
  • Inform and involve people with a professional or personal interest in the areas we regulate in matters that are important to them and influence them in matters that are important to us;
  • Maintain our strategic relationships with other regulators operating in the health sector.

During 2018/19, we will:

  • Use our knowledge of risk in each sector to drive the delivery of the right mix of regulatory tools to support and superintend compliance;
  • Undertake a risk based program of site visits which provide assurance that standards are being maintained;
  • Publish exception-based reports of inspections in the interests of transparency and to share learning;
  • Take a proportionate and risk-based approach to non-compliance, and ensure there where there are shortfalls against standards, these are rectified within agreed timescales;
  • Ensure that decisions on living organ donation cases meet agreed service standards in a way that provides the necessary protections;
  • Engage with, and involve, public, Government and professional stakeholders in our work using a wide variety of channels;
  • Provide high quality and timely responses to enquiries from professionals, the public and the media.
Last updated on: 22 May 2018