Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Information for all Designated Individuals and Named Contacts

Legislation

The HTA ’s powers come from three pieces of legislation:

  1. The Human Tissue Act 2004 (HT Act)
  2. The Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) Regulations 2007
  3. The Quality and Safety of Organs Intended for Transplantation Regulations 2012

These set out the consent and licensing requirements for different sectors, as well as the responsibilities of Designated Individuals.

The HTA licenses and inspects organisations across the six different sectors; Anatomy, Post-mortem, Public Display, Research, Human Application and Organ Donation and Transplantation.

The information below lists the HTA’s governing legislation along with the types of licences created by each.

The Human Tissue Act 2004 and associated Regulations:

The Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) Regulations 2007:

The Quality and Safety of Organs Intended for Transplantation Regulations 2012:

Last updated on: 8 Aug 2019