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This policy sets out the legal requirements of the HT Act with regard to consent for post-mortem examination, tissue retention and storage of tissue from the deceased.
The Human Tissue Act 2004 requires that the removal of tissue from the deceased for research within the scope of the Act must always be licensed, on specified premises, and that specific minimum requirements are met.
Establishments that conduct human tissue research under recognised research ethics committee approvals are exempt from being licensed for the storage of relevant material for research under the HT Act 2004.
The following guidance has been produced to bring clarity to the issues surrounding consent for research relating to transplantation where donors are deceased.