Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

HTA annual review 2013/14 launched

Issue date: 
16 July 2014

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) launched its annual review publication for 2013/14: Regulating for the public good at its annual event yesterday. Both the event and the publication highlighted the HTA’s work and achievements over the last year, focussing on how our regulation benefits the public.

Sharmila Nebhrajani OBE, Chair of the HTA, said: “Our regulation is designed to protect patients and the public. We want people to know that if they donate their tissue, organs or body for medical research, transplantation or training, their wishes will be respected. For people receiving medical treatment, we also want to reassure them that the highest quality organs, tissue and cells are used in the safest possible way.”

The HTA’s 2013/14 annual review publication highlights the work the HTA has done in the last year to:

  • meet the challenges that Justin McCracken set the HTA, including working with regulators and other organisations to further streamline regulation for those establishments that we license
  • revise our codes, publish new guidance and share learning and good practice
  • consult on the Welsh organ donation code of practice which will come into effect on the 1 December 2015
  • make further improvements to our work following feedback from the public and professionals or independent evaluation

Over the past year, the HTA has also undertaken 198 inspections, considered 1290 living organ donation cases and investigated 335 incidents. The HTA also answered nearly 3000 enquiries from members of the public and organisations it regulates.

Sharmila added, “The publication provides valuable information about our inspections and investigations, as well as details of our work on organ donation and transplantation. It highlights the sheer variety of work we undertake on a daily basis.”

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