Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Joint work with UKAS - an update

Issue date: 
24 November 2014

The HTA has been working with the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to reduce regulatory burden for post mortem sector establishments with UKAS accreditation of their mortuary and an HTA licence.

The HTA has worked closely with UKAS this year to develop a joint inspection process for post mortem establishments. Building on that work, we carried out three joint inspections with UKAS over the summer. The UKAS assessors gathered information for us on how the establishments met some of our licensing standards on governance and quality, and premises, facilities and equipment. Our inspectors assessed standards on consent, risk, traceability and disposal. This enabled our inspectors to spend more time looking at activities taking place under the post mortem licence that are not covered by UKAS accreditation. Feedback from the establishments on the joint inspection process was generally very positive. We are using those comments to help us strengthen our approach to carrying out joint inspections.

In the next few months, we hope to finalise a memorandum of understanding with UKAS, setting out the terms under which joint inspections will take place.

More joint inspections with UKAS are being arranged for 2015. If you want to know more about this initiative, please email

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