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

Featured news

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 announces fees for 2016/17

Today the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) announced that there will be no increase in the 2016/17 annual licence fee for organisations in the post mortem, research, public display, organ donation and transplantation and anatomy sectors.

Issue date:18 December 2015

Read the December edition of the HTA newsletter

The December 2015 edition of our newsletter has been published.

Issue date:17 December 2015

Read the December edition of the HTA newsletter

The December 2015 edition of our newsletter has been published.

Issue date:17 December 2015

HTA seeks new board members

The HTA is looking for five new board members. Applications are welcome from those who meet the requirements of the person specification and have an interest in the work of the HTA.  We are particularly keen to receive applications from people with the following backgrounds:

Issue date:16 November 2015

HTA comments on new RCN pregnancy remains guidance

Commenting on the publication of Royal College of Nursing (RCN) guidance on managing the disposal of pregnancy remains, Caroline Browne, HTA’s Head of Regulation said: “We know that the loss or termination of a pregnancy, whatever the circumstances, needs to be handled sensitively by the healthca

Issue date:27 October 2015

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

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. 

Issue date:16 October 2015

HTA’s Code of Practice for Wales approved by Welsh Government

This Code was passed by Parliament in November 2015 and the HTA published the Code on 1 December here.

Issue date:09 October 2015

'Body Donors' documentary on Channel 5

HTA welcomed the ‘sensitive and realistic accounts’ of body donation shown in the Channel 5 series ‘Body Donors’, broadcast at 9pm on the 29 Sep and 6 October 2015.

Issue date:07 October 2015

HTA publishes ‘Your Guide to Consent and Organ Donation’ as part of National Transplant Week 7-13 September

As part of National Transplant Week, the HTA has published a guide to consent and organ donation, which has been developed in collaboration with

Issue date:11 September 2015

HTA launches Codes of Practice and Standards consultation

The HTA has today launched a consultation on the proposed changes to its Codes of Practice and Standards documentation.

Issue date:01 September 2015