Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Organ donation and transplantation

Organ transplantation is the best treatment for patients with end stage organ failure. The Human Tissue Authority regulates organ donation and transplantation across the UK under The Quality and Safety of Organs Intended for Transplantation Regulations 2012.  In practice all hospitals where organ transplants take place are audited and must be licensed to be able to undertake certain activities.

Licensed hospitals are required to meet the standards which are detailed in the HTA’s Framework document, which was produced following consultation with professionals already working in the field of organ donation and transplantation. Our regulation covers both procurement activities (including characterisation of the donor, characterisation of the organ, retrieval, preservation and transport of the organ) and transplantation activities (including organ characterisation, preservation, transport and implantation of the organ).

The HTA audits establishments licensed to the ODT sector using a set of assessment criteria.

About the the organ donation and transplantation legislation and framework
This page is aimed at transplant centres considering using alternative premises to resume their transplant programmes
Organ Donation and Transplant Sector Regulation: A look back review (March 2014)
Information about reporting a human application or organ donation and transplant SAEAR
New guidance relating to consent for research relating to transplantation where donors are deceased
For the Anatomy, Organ Donation and Transplantation, Public Display, Research and Post Mortem sectors
Issued: 14 August 2018Notice for: •    Designated Individuals in the Human Application sector •    Licence contacts in the Organ Donation and Transplantation sector  ScopeThis alert is being issued by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and includes information about recent cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in individuals in Romania and France.Please...


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