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The Human Tissue Act 2004 covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It established the HTA to regulate activities concerning the removal, storage, use and disposal of human tissue. Consent is the fundamental principle of the legislation.
A decade ago it first became possible for individuals in the UK to donate a kidney to someone they did not know, and had never met - this form of living donation is known as non-directed altruistic donation.
Schedule 1 of the Human Tissue Act 2004 (the Act) sets out ‘performance assessment’ as a ‘scheduled purpose’.
An HTA licence is required if the human cellular material (‘relevant material’) to be stored for performance assessment has been removed from the deceased.
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.
These guides set out your basic rights when dealing with an establishment regulated by the HTA.
Under the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act 2019 adults in England are considered potential organ and tissue donors when they die unless they choose to opt-out or are in one of the excluded groups.
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.