Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Professional confidence and advocacy in the HTA is highest yet, says survey

Issue date: 
26 November 2013

Confidence in the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) as a regulator is even higher than three years ago, according to a survey conducted by Ipsos MORI, commissioned by the HTA. The survey found that 92% of professional stakeholders have confidence in the HTA as a regulator.

The same survey showed that 87% of the HTA’s professional stakeholders say that the HTA keeps them well informed about its work generally, and 73% would speak highly of the HTA. These figures are higher than for any similar organisation in Ipsos MORI stakeholder evaluations over the past five years.

Diana Warwick, HTA Chair, said: “We are very pleased that professionals working in the sectors we regulate have overwhelming confidence in what we do. The survey also shows that our stakeholders are very likely to be strong advocates for our work.”

The survey indicates that HTA advice and guidance is valued, that HTA’s oversight of legislation ensures the safety and quality of tissues, cells and organs, and that dignity and respect is shown to the deceased. Furthermore, regulation by the HTA is seen as much less of a burden than the burden of health regulation in general.

Anna Quigley, Ipsos MORI Head of Health Research said: “The HTA performs very well amongst its professional stakeholders for advocacy and keeping them informed, doing better than other organisations whose stakeholders we have surveyed over recent years. Stakeholders are also very positive about their communications with the HTA.”

HTA Chair Baroness Warwick added: “A positive working relationship with our sectors is essential to good regulation. Our stakeholders feel that the HTA’s regulation is not a burden. However, we are not complacent: we will continue to explore the ways we work, while ensuring confidence is maintained and – where necessary – improved. This is a testament to the hard work of our staff and Board members”


  • The HTA surveys professional and public confidence in human tissue regulation every three years (professional surveys took place in 2010 and 2013, public surveys took place in 2007, 2010 and 2013) to help influence its strategic direction and ensure transparency.
  • This data is based on responses from 362 of the HTA’s professional stakeholders to an online survey conducted by Ipsos MORI between 15 July and 1 August 2013. Data for 2013 are weighted to the sample profile to account for non-response bias.
  • You can download the full report and a summary of key findings.
  • You can also download the detailed data tables for the public survey, the professional survey and the questions on health sector regulation.
  • For further information, please contact the press office or on 020 7269 1912.