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We have revised our guidance on the regulation of bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) donations where the donor is an adult lacking capacity or child without competence to consent.
The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) was surprised to be named as the respondent in the matter of SW earlier this year – there had been no contact or information from the applicants before the papers were served – on a matter relating to a bone marrow donation involving an individual who it was...
The HTA has been asked to provide information on how many child bone marrow/blood cases were approved and rejected in the years 2014-15 and 2015-16.
The HTA is responsible for assessing all donations of bone marrow or PBSC (these are cells found in the bloodstream which are able to develop into all of the different cell types in blood) from adults who lack capacity to consent and children who lack competence to consent.
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 (AA) and a report submitted to the HTA for decision.
Accredited Assessors submit their reports using the HTA’s online submission system. This is a secure system which is data protected.
The 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.