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The guidance clarifies the practices that should already be in place to undertake removal of regenerative material within the law, and put the donor’s best interests at the forefront of any decision.
Key issues to be aware of:
The HTA only has the power to make a decision on a case if the donor is a child not competent to consent, or an adult lacking capacity to consent. The HTA must therefore explore competence before confirming whether or not we can make a decision on the case. If a child appears to have competence...
Yes. The law is clear that a child becomes legally competent to make their own decisions on medical treatment matters when the child has sufficient capabilities and intelligence to fully understand what is proposed. If a child has this level of understanding and intelligence the child can give...
The Human Tissue Act 2004 (Persons who Lack Capacity to Consent and Transplants) Regulations 2006 (Regulations) require that an AA must have conducted separate interviews with the donor, the person giving consent on the donor’s behalf and the recipient in order to gather the material that must...
It is important that the AAs are independent of the transplant unit, the donor, person consenting on behalf of the donor and recipient.
If you are interested in applying to become an AA, but unsure whether you meet the requirements, you should read the AA role specification and contact the Stem Cell Coordinator at your nearest stem cell unit in the first instance.
Under the Human Tissue Act 2004, any potential donation of bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) from adults who lack capacity to consent and children who lack competence to consent, must be assessed by an Accredited Assessor (AA) and a report submitted to the HTA for decision.