Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

HTA comment on sale of organs

Issue date: 
10 March 2014

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) has commented on newspaper reports of people in UK allegedly offering their organs for sale. 

It is an offence for a person to give, offer or receive any type of reward for the supply or offer of supply of an organ or part-organ.

Alan Clamp, Chief Executive, HTA said: “It is illegal to offer or seek payment for organs for sale under the Human Tissue Act, and no operation from a living donor can go ahead without Human Tissue Authority approval.”

 “Before a transplant from a living donor goes ahead, the hospital transplant team will assess if the donor is suitable and run several tests to ensure the transplant will be as successful as possible. An Independent Assessor, acting on behalf of the Human Tissue Authority, will then carry out interviews with both parties and report back to the HTA. We need to satisfy ourselves that the donor knows the risks involved, that the donor has given consent freely and no reward has been offered or received.”