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Staff at Establishments that store records containing personal data for tissue which has been taken from the living need to consider that ‘Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes’.
Any establishment that intends to revoke their licence should retain traceability records in accordance with their documented record retention requirements in place during the period of licensing. Particular things to consider are:
The disposal of traceability records should be carried out in such a way that the confidentiality of the data is maintained. For more information please refer to the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Today the Department of Health (DH) has published the Government’s response to the consultation on Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.
The HTA was asked to provide information on the traceability requirements of organs that are sent to, or received from, a country which is not in the European Union.
All information relating to donor and organ characterisation must be kept for a period of 30 years from the date of retrieval of the organ.
Staff at HTA-licensed establishments should refer to the Governance and Quality Systems section of the HTA’s Code of Practice B on Post-mortem Examination.