Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs


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HTA publishes guidance on the sensitive handling of pregnancy remains

Today the HTA published guidance aimed at professionals who work with women who have experienced a pregnancy loss or termination.

Issue date:25 March 2015

HTA responds to Government's regenerative medicine report

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) welcomes the publication of the report from the Regenerative Medicine Expert Group, “Building on our own potential: a UK pathway for regener

Issue date:24 March 2015

HTA holds three sucessful workshops for the post mortem sector

The HTA held three events for the post mortem sector during March.  Over 150 delegates from 70 establishments attended.  They included pathologists, APTs, bereavement midwives, police officers and biomedical scientists. 

Issue date:19 March 2015

HTA welcomes NHSBT 3-for-1 living donor transplant scheme

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) welcomes NHS Blood and Transplant’s introduction of their 3-for-1 living donor transplant scheme, launched today on World Kidney Day.

Issue date:12 March 2015

European critical care foundation

On 6th March 2015 the European Critical Care Foundation (ECCF) in collaboration with Imperial College London held a meeting on the decline of autopsies and implications for the care of critically ill patients.

Issue date:06 March 2015

HTA launches new website

More and more people are accessing the information, advice and guidance that the HTA provides through our website.

Issue date:12 February 2015

HTA newsletter - February 2015

Stories include: HTA launches new website, Compliance updates DNA questions, New Mental Health Act code of practice, HTA in the news and sector specific updates.

Issue date:09 February 2015

Human T-lymphotropic virus testing

In 2012 the HTA successfully negotiated with the EU Commission an amendment to the wording of the testing requirements for human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV).

Issue date:29 January 2015

Coding and import of tissues and cells

Coding and Import Directives for Tissues and Cells are being put into place in order to implement a single European coding system. This will verify equivalent standards of quality and safety for imported tissues and cells.

Issue date:29 January 2015

Compliance updates requested from establishments

To ensure that we have up-to-date licensing information and assurances of continued suitability to be licensed, we will be requesting compliance updates later this year, as we did in 2013.

Issue date:29 January 2015