Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Living Donation News - Issue 42

IA reaccreditation 

Reporting on recipient interviews

Christmas office opening hours for living donation assessments

Stats and facts

IA reaccreditation 

The process of IA reaccreditation will begin in mid-December. All reports submitted between 1 December 2013 and 30 November 2014 will be taken into consideration.

Reaccreditation assessments and refresher training (if necessary) will take place in the New Year in order for accreditation notices to be sent out in February 2015. All reaccreditation notices and information will be sent electronically.

Reporting on recipient interviews

Recently we have received a number of IA reports which have not included the discussions with the recipients in the duress, coercion and reward sections. It is important for these sections to cover the donor and recipient discussions so the HTA has sufficient information to exercise an independent judgement in its decision making.

There is more information on recipient interviews in our Guidance to Transplant Teams and Independent Assessors on page 31 paragraph 134. As always, please feel free to contact the Living Donation Assessment Team (LDAT) at if you have any questions.

Emergency living liver donations

We encourage units to notify us of any potential emergency living liver donations that could occur over the Christmas and New Year period as soon as you are aware.

Where emergency cases occur when the HTA office is closed (25 and 26 December and 1 January) please contact the duty office at NHSBT on 0117 975 75 75. The duty officer will then contact a representative at the HTA, who will be able to assess and provide a decision on the case.   

Christmas office opening hours for living donation assessments 

The HTA office is closed on:

  • Thursday 25 December
  • Friday 26 December
  • Thursday 1 January

Members of the LDAT will be in the office on all other dates during the Christmas and New Year period.  The following arrangements will be in place for the assessment of cases:

Cases considered by the LDAT

These will be considered throughout the Christmas and New Year period according to our service standards


Please note: We will not be referring cases to panel between 22 and 26 December.

Cases considered by a panel

Cases received up to:

Monday 15 December

Will be referred to panel on:

Wednesday 17 December

Cases received between:

Tuesday 16 - Monday 29 December

Will be referred to panel on:

Wednesday 31 December

Stats and facts 

May we take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We look forward to working with you in 2015!

Last updated on: 17 Apr 2018