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

BBC Three to air a televised post mortem

Obesity: The Post Mortem - BBC 3 Documentary Featuring a Post Mortem Examination Air date: Tuesday 13 September

Issue date:13 September 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

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

Authority member blogs about our living organ donation work

Authority Member, Pamela Goldberg, has written about our work on living organ donation, and the responsibility for the emergency out-of-hours rota on

Issue date:10 January 2014

Last chance to have your say on Welsh organ law guidance

There are only a few days left to respond to the HTA's consultation on the Code of Practice accompanying the new

Issue date:12 December 2013