Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs


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Government’s consultation on organ donation opt-out system in England now open

Today the Department of Health have launched their public consultation on changing to an ‘opt-out’ system of organ donation, to improve organ donation rates in England.

Issue date:11 December 2017

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HTA announces licence fees for 2018/19

Today the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) has announced licence fee levels for the 2018/19 business year. The new licence fees come into effect from April 2018 and will be calculated on the same basis as 2017/18.

Issue date:11 December 2017

HTA publishes guidance on the sensitive handling of pregnancy remains

Today the HTA published guidance aimed at professionals who work with women who have experienced a pregnancy loss or termination.

Issue date:25 March 2015

HTA responds to reports of inappropriate handling of fetal remains

Dr Alan Clamp, Chief Executive of the Human Tissue Authority said:

Issue date:24 March 2014

Inappropriate handling of fetal remains: HTA letter to Chief Medical Officer

Following reports of the inappropriate handing of fetal remains in hospitals in tonight's Channel 4 Dispatches, HTA Chair, Baroness Diana Warwick has written to Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer. Our response states that: 

Issue date:24 March 2014

Statement on Manor Hospital, Walsall: delay in disposal of fetal remains

The HTA has commented on an incident reported to us by Manor Park hospital, Walsall after discovering a delay in disposal of fetal remains. 

Issue date:18 March 2014