Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

HTA publishes amended guidance on Welsh organ donation law

Issue date: 
12 May 2014

This Code was passed by Parliament in November 2015 and the HTA published the Code on 1 December here.

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) has published an amended draft Code of Practice which offers guidance on the new Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013, due to come into force in Wales on 1 December 2015.

This new law creates an opt-out system of organ and tissue donation for adults who live and die in Wales.

The publication of the amended draft Code follows a public consultation which ran from 1 October 2013 – 23 December 2013. 61 people responded to the consultation, and a number of changes have been made, including:

  • a new section explaining how a person can record their decision to opt-in or opt-out of the NHS Organ Donor Register (paragraphs 20 to 24).
  • clarification about the role of people with parental responsibility, when organ donation involves a child (paragraphs 30 to 43).

The HTA has published the full consultation responses along with a summary, on its website.

Dr. Alan Clamp, Chief Executive, HTA said:

“We want to thank all those who took time to respond to the consultation. We have made some important changes to the code, which now offers further clarity in complicated cases and is more accessible for those affected by the new law.

“The Code will be vital for health professionals as it will provide practical guidance in situations where someone’s consent to donate is not clear, or when clinical decisions are complex. The HTA is publishing the draft code nearly 18 months ahead of the legislation coming into force so that health care professionals throughout Wales have a chance to familiarise themselves with the guidance before 1 December 2015.”


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