Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

HTA Licensing Framework

Licences are granted for particular activities, for example the removal of tissue from the body of a deceased person, or storage of human tissue, for a particular purpose, to take place on specified premises. These activities are stated on your licence certificate as well as on the licensed establishment page on our website.

If you are licensed in any of the following sectors:

  • Anatomy;
  • Human Application;
  • Post Mortem;
  • Public Display; or
  • Research,

your licence will specify the premises where the licensed activities are authorised to take place.

For the Organ Donation and Transplantation sector, a licence will authorise corporate bodies or individuals to carry out licensed activities.

Making changes to licenses

You can vary your licenceĀ at any time. To do this, you will need to apply for a licence variation. Your application needs to be approved before you implement any changes.

To change any details about your licence, please refer to guidance on licence variations.

Any changes to your licence(s) may affect your licensing fees.

Please contact our licensing team for further information:


You can apply for other premises to be licensed as part of your licensing arrangements with the HTA. A satellite site is a separate location where licensed activities can be carried out, provided they are subject to the same governance arrangements as the main (hub) site with oversight by the same DI.

You can find out more about satellite sites here.

Last updated on: 8 Aug 2019