Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

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See our latest inspection reports

The HTA has made it easier for you to see our latest inspection reports.

Issue date:17 October 2017

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Public guides to the Codes of Practice published today

The first public guides to the Human Tissue Authority’s (HTA) Codes of Practice have been published today.

Issue date:05 October 2017

Government announces consultation on organ donation opt-out system

In her closing conference speech on Wednesday 4 October, the Prime Minister announced the goverment's intention to launch a public consultation on increasing rates of organ donation.

Issue date:05 October 2017

HTA Position on Matching Websites

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) is today issuing a warning to members of the public to be careful when registering to become an organ donor with services other than the Organ Donor Register.

Issue date:07 August 2017

NHS Blood and Transplant announce 500 people have now donated a kidney to a stranger

A decade ago it first became possible for individuals in the UK to donate a kidney to someone they did not know, and had never met - this form of living donation is known as non-directed altruistic donation.

Issue date:21 September 2016

Dying Matters Awareness Week – ‘The Big Conversation’

Dying Matters is hosting its seventh annual Awareness Week, which will be an opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda.

Issue date:11 May 2016

Human Tissue Authority's role in living organ donation

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) assesses all proposed transplants from living organ donors in the UK. If you are considering becoming a a donor, we have plenty of information to help you find out more. 

Issue date:08 August 2014

BBC's Holby City: living liver donation and transplant

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) comment on last night's Holby City:

Issue date:12 June 2014

Living organ donations continue to rise

The number of living people donating organs has risen again this year, according to the HTA, the watchdog that assesses all living organ donation cases in the UK.

Issue date:06 May 2014

HTA comment on sale of organs

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

Issue date:10 March 2014

HTA responds to blood, tissue and organ screening parliamentary inquiry

The HTA has responded to a House of Commons Science and Technology Commit

Issue date:30 January 2014

Ensuring smooth brain and spinal cord donation

The HTA has published guidance for hospital and mortuary staff on brain and spinal cord donation.

Issue date:20 January 2014

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