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This position statement outlines guidance provided on consent for post-mortem examination and tissue retention.
Under the Human Tissue Act 2004, the HTA is required to license the storage of relevant material for ‘research in connection with disorders, or the functioning, of the human body’.
Download these standards as a PDF.Consent standards
C1 Consent is obtained in accordance with the requirements of the Human Tissue Act 2004 (HT Act) and as set out in the code of practice
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.
The purpose of this policy is to set out the HTA's policy on human tissue xenografts, whether they are relevant material that fall under the licensing framework of the HT Act 2004 and the consent implications.
A practical guide to implementing the Human Tissue Act (2004)'s requirements around research
Flowchart A: Consent and the use of DNA
Flowchart B: Qualifying consent