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.

IntroductionTo support our system of continuous licensing, all establishments licensed in our anatomy, post-mortem, public display and research sectors are required to provide us with periodic updates of licensing information and to complete a questionnaire. This helps us to maintain oversight of the sectors we regulate, guide our regulatory approach to each sector, and inform the scheduling of...
For the anatomy, organ donation and transplantation, public display, research and post mortem sectors
Which records should be used by licensed and unlicensed establishments to evidence traceability and ensure a robust audit trail
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...
Position statement on the disposal of anatomical specimens, former anatomical specimens and body parts (including those that have been imported).
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...


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