The HTA is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (ENDPB) sponsored by the Department of Health. We were established under the Human Tissue Act 2004 (HT Act) – which covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland – to regulate activities relating to the removal, storage, use and disposal of human tissue.
Our overall goal is to maintain public confidence by ensuring that the removal, storage and use of human tissue and organs are undertaken safely and ethically, and with proper consent.
We also have a role in maintaining professional confidence; by assuring that human material being used by professionals has been obtained with the proper consent and is managed with appropriate care.
The HTA is respected, trusted and influential in matter within, and closely associated, with its remit. Professionals and the public can have confidence because the HTA ensures that appropriate standards are maintained.
All of our activity is directed towards these ends. Our strategy sets out:
- Delivery; how we achieve this today
- Development; how we will improve in the future
- Deployment; how we use our people and resources