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The HTA is responsible for assessing all donations of bone marrow or PBSC (these are cells found in the bloodstream which are able to develop into all of the different cell types in blood) from adults who lack capacity to consent and children who lack competence to consent.
The Human Tissue Act 2004 (HT Act) provides the legal framework for bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a living organ donor, please contact your local transplant team who will be able to provide you with more information:Living Donor Coordinator Contact Details England
Umbilical cord blood may be collected at the time of birth and stored, so that it is available for potential future treatment of the child or another person.
Deceased organ and tissue donation for transplantation means donating your organs, part organs or tissue to someone in need of a transplant after you die.
The most common types of deceased organ or part organ transplants include kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas and small bowel.
Human tissue is used in scientific and medical research, to improve understanding of how diseases start and progress and what keeps us healthy. Researchers may find different ways of diagnosing disease, or develop new treatments.
Donating your tissue to a research establishment is a valuable gift - your donation will become an important resource.