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Winter can be an especially challenging time of year for health services. For mortuaries, higher numbers of deaths can pose problems if adequate numbers of refrigerated storage spaces are unavailable.
This document is designed to provide you with information about the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) inspection process, so that you and your staff can prepare for an HTA inspection.
EU Directives are being put in place for the coding and import of tissues and cells for human application (HA). These will be transposed into UK law during 2016 and the process of writing the UK Regulations is underway.Copies of these Directives and an overview from the Department of Health (DH...
Establishments that conduct human tissue research under recognised research ethics committee approvals are exempt from being licensed for the storage of relevant material for research under the HT Act 2004.
On the 25 March 2015 the HTA published guidance aimed at professionals who work with women who have experienced a pregnancy loss or termination. The guidance sets out what is expected and how women should be involved in decision making about the sensitive handling of pregnancy remains.
The HTA and MHRA have agreed to extend their existing policy relating to dendritic cells. This extended policy will allow collection of blood as a starting material for an ATMP to be performed under either a Tissues and Cells or Blood Establishment Licence.
In 2010, the HTA developed a new licence fee structure which has been in operation since 1 April 2011. The new fee structure followed consultation with stakeholders and is based on the activities of licensing each sector. The fee structure is reviewed each year and fees for the following year...
The HTA expects establishments to follow the advice provided by the advisory bodies, relevant to the sector in which they operate.
This brief guide provides information about post mortem examinations which do not require the body to be opened. These use the same types of imaging equipment used to examine the living, for example patients with cancer, referred to as cross-sectional imaging. Please click on the link below to...
Issued 2 November 2016
• Designated Individuals (DIs) in the Human Application (HA) sector • Licence contacts in the Organ Donation and Transplantation (ODT) sector