Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Advice and learning

134. Two items of advice were provided against PFE4.

135.    Even though one establishment was not transporting relevant material at the time of inspection, in anticipation of future planned activities, advice was given for policies and procedures to be reviewed, not least to ensure that they incorporated details about transporting relevant material.

136.    Documented formal procedures for transporting human tissue samples may include information on:

  • tissue packaging and labelling
  • the responsibilities of staff organising transport
  • maintaining traceability of tissue samples being transported
  • the responsibilities of couriers collecting samples

137.    Establishments should ensure that they have agreements in place with couriers responsible for transporting human tissue samples, so that each party understands their responsibilities with regard to maintaining tissue integrity and traceability.