Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Bone marrow/PBSC assessments

Under the Human Tissue Act 2004, any potential donation of bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) from adults who lack capacity to consent and children who lack competence to consent, must be assessed by an Accredited Assessor and a report submitted to the HTA for decision. The HTA trains Accredited Assessors (AAs) to assess potential bone marrow and PBSC donations from adults who lack capacity and children who lack competence to consent. Once accredited by the HTA, AAs act as a representative for the donor and the HTA. Following an assessment, AAs submit a report of their assessment to the HTA. The HTA makes the decision whether or not to approve the proposed donation. Further information for AAs is below.

The role of the HTA in Bone Marrow and PBSC donationThe Human Tissue Act 2004 (HT Act) provides the legal framework for bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, the framework is provided by the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006. PBSCs are cells found in the bloodstream which are able to develop into the different cell types...
The Human Tissue Authority (HTA), on behalf of Scottish Ministers, is responsible for assessing all living organ donation cases that take place in Scotland. The HTA also considers allogeneic donation of regenerative tissue where the donor is under 16 or an adult with incapacity in Scotland. Only once HTA approval is in place can these donations go ahead. The Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 (HT...
Guidance to Bone Marrow and PBSC Transplant Teams and Accredited Assessors
How to become an HTA Accredited Assessor

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