Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Guidance for bone marrow and PBSC professionals

We have revised our guidance on the regulation of bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) donations where the donor is an adult lacking capacity or child without competence to consent. The guidance provides detailed information for professionals working in this area and is designed to standardise practice. 

Please note this revised guidance does not apply to those working across this sector in Scotland; supplementary guidance for Scotland will be produced in late 2015. 

The HTA’s role

Under the Human Tissue Act 2004, any potential donation of bone marrow or PBSC from adults who lack capacity to consent and children who lack competence to consent, must be assessed by an HTA-trained Accredited Assessor (AA) and a report submitted to the HTA who make a decision about whether or not to approve the proposed donation. 

New resources for AAs and professionals working in bone marrow or PBSC donation

Online training for AAs to maintain accreditation  

To maintain their accreditation, all AAs will need to complete an online training package. This will be emailed to them by 1 June, and must be completed between 1 June and 22 June 2015. Please contact us if you have any concerns about this. 

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Queries and clarifications 

If you have any questions or comments, or need any clarifications on the new guidance, please contact the Living Donation Assessment Team before 1 June 2015 using the button below or call 020 7269 1900.

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After this two week review period, a podcast and updated FAQs document will be available on this page to address some of the most common queries.