Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Dying Matters Awareness Week – ‘The Big Conversation’

Issue date: 
11 May 2016

Dying Matters is hosting its seventh annual Awareness Week, which will be an opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. This year’s theme is ‘The Big Conversation’.

In line with this theme, the HTA is urging people to have conversations with loved ones about donation arrangements after death.

The HTA regulates medical schools that receive donated bodies for medical training, hospitals that receive donated organs for transplantation, and tissue and brain banks that receive donated tissue for research. The HTA makes sure that these organisations comply with the law when it comes to using and storing bodies, organs and tissue. A vital part of this is ensuring that the deceased or their family has given their consent for that donation.

The HTA offers information and advice to members of the public about the consent requirements for different types of donation.

Allan Marriott-Smith, Chief Executive of the HTA said: “Whether someone wants to donate their body to train medical students, their organs to help someone in need, or their tissue to support research into disease; donation is an amazing gift. The HTA is here to make sure that when someone agrees to donation, their body, tissue and organs are used safely, ethically, and with proper consent”

For more information about body, brain and tissue donation, please read our Body, Brain and Tissue Donation Pack

For more information about deceased organ donation, click here.

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