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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.
This policy describes the Human Tissue Authority’s (HTA’s) policy on the sale of human bodies, body parts and tissue.Purpose
The purpose of this policy is to inform stakeholders of the HTA’s position on the sale of human bodies, body parts or tissue.
Consent underpins the Human Tissue Act (2004) (HT Act). This section explains the consent exemptions from the Act.
Issued 13 June 2008
Some schools and colleges store human material for use in teaching. Such specimens could include cells on a microscope slide, specimens preserved in formalin, skulls, and partial or complete skeletons.
Under the Human Tissue Act 2004 (‘the HT Act’), human material which contains cells is...
The HTA has produced a model consent form for professionals seeking consent for an adult or child's post mortem. There is also guidance for the families of the deceased.
Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, have developed model consent forms, information and guidance for health professionals seeking consent for post mortems on babies who have died before, during or shortly after birth.
The HTA can provide an HTA licence for an emergency mortuary in the event of an incident.
The HTA has developed a system for doing this, working with the Home Office and other relevant bodies.