Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Coding and import of tissues and cells

Issue date: 
29 January 2015

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. The Directives have been agreed at a European level and are set to be transposed into UK law in summer 2016, coming into force late 2016/early 2017. The Department of Health has established a small Steering Group, including HTA stakeholders, to work on the transposition of the Directives into UK law and we will consult more widely as this work progresses. We will be circulating a copy of the Directives in the near future and will continue to keep you informed of progress to support establishments in preparing for these changes.

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