Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs


The HTA licenses establishments in the anatomy sector to provide assurance to the public that bodies or tissue from the deceased are given with proper consent, and are used appropriately. As the regulator, the HTA cannot promote body donation but we do provide the public with support and information about body donation. People must decide, and provide written and witnessed consent before they die, if they would like to donate their bodies to medical science. Information about regulation in Scotland is provided by Health Scotland.

Policy on the sale of bodies, body parts and tissue
This section explains the consent exemptions from the Human Tissue Act (2004)
Position statement on the acceptance of donor consent for anatomical examination
HTA position statement on storage of human material for teaching by schools and colleges
Codes of PracticeOur Codes of Practice and Standards provide practical guidance to professionals carrying out activities within the scope of the HTA’s remit.Code A: Guiding principles and the fundamental principle of consent, is the overarching Code. Code C: Anatomical Examination provides information on the statutory and regulatory requirements for anyone working under an Anatomy licence.We...
Role of Designated Individual Designated Individuals have a key role to play in implementing the requirements of the HT Act. They are the person under whose supervision the licensed activity is authorised to be carried out. They have the primary (legal) responsibility under Section 18 of the Human Tissue Act to secure:that suitable practices are used in undertaking the licensed activity;that...
Position statement on the disposal of anatomical specimens, former anatomical specimens and body parts (including those that have been imported).
We have created separate documents that provide additional guidance for our licensing Standards for Codes B, C, D and E.The purpose of these guidance documents is to assist licensed establishments to meet the HTA’s licensing requirements. The documents contain additional information and examples of how to meet certain Standards. These documents will be reviewed regularly to include additional...
Practical guidance on the Human Tissue Act (2004)
Information for anatomy schools, including anatomy forms, consent forms and bequeathal booklets


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