In 2013 Justin McCracken was commissioned by the Government to review the work of the HTA and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). The review and the Government’s response to it was published in July 2013 and set out 18 recommendations – seven specifically for the HTA – to further improve efficiency, transparency and accountability.
One year on and the HTA has addressed all seven of the recommendations that it was set. The HTA has worked with stakeholders to further streamline regulation, increase its focus on risk, cut costs and strengthened stakeholder and public engagement.
Full information about how the HTA has addressed each recommendation is available on our website.
Dr Alan Clamp, Chief Executive of the HTA, said: “In his review of the HTA, Justin McCracken was clear that the HTA was already a very successful regulator. Even so we are pleased that over the last 12 months we have built on our positive reputation to make further improvements to the way we regulate. One year on and we have addressed all seven of the recommendations aimed at us to the satisfaction of the Department of Health. We have further cut costs, reduced burdens and strengthened engagement, all whilst ensuring that human tissue and organs are used safely ethically and with proper consent.
“I want to pay tribute to HTA staff, Authority Members and stakeholders who have worked so hard to achieve this. We will continue to focus on delivering our work effectively and efficiently, and taking on board feedback to improve efficiency, transparency and accountability.”