Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Two weeks left to have your say on HTA Codes of Practice

Issue date: 
16 October 2015

There is still time to respond to the HTA’s Codes of Practice and Standards consultation. The consultation, which has been open for seven weeks, closes on the 31 October. 

The Codes of Practice are the primary source of advice and guidance we offer on how to meet our licensing Standards. The Codes also provide information to those who assess living donation.

Allan Marriot-Smith, HTA Chief Executive said: “During the consultation process we have spoken to over 200 people and organisations across the country to get their views on the changes we have made.  Feedback about the new structure has been positive, and people have suggested a number of changes to provide further clarity in certain areas.

“We want to thank all those people who attended the events, and who have already responded to the consultation. We are encouraging anyone who hasn’t yet responded to go online and have a say – there is still time. Your input will make the Codes and Standards stronger”. 

Information about the consultation, including how to respond, is on the HTA website. The final Codes of practice and Standards will be published next year following Parliamentary approval.

About the draft Codes of Practice and Standards

Key changes are explaned here

  1. Consent (Code A): how to inform people or their families about their options and seek valid consent for the use of organs, tissue and cells.
  2. Post mortem (Code B): how to meet HTA requirements relating to post-mortem examination and the storage of bodies and tissue.
  3. Anatomy (Code C): how to meet HTA requirements relating to the use of human bodies and tissue for education and training.
  4. Public Display (Code D): how to meet HTA requirements relating to the display of bodies and body parts in museums and exhibitions. Research (Code E): how to meet HTA requirements relating to the use of human tissue for research into health and illnesses. 
  5. Organ Donation (Code F): for practitioners working in the field of living organ donation, deceased organ and tissue donation.
  6. Bone Marrow and Peripheral Blood and Stem Cells (Code G): for practitioners working in the field of bone marrow and PBSC donation from adults lacking capacity to consent and children without competence to consent.


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