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Our eighth Annual Report and Accounts, covering 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 has been laid before Parliament.
The HTA published its 10th Annual Report and Accounts on 7 July 2017. This Annual Report covers the period from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.
A list of licensed establishments is available on our website. Any activity carried out under a licence needs to be under the supervision of a DI.
We use the term ‘inspection’ to describe when we visit an establishment to meet with staff, view premises and facilities, and review policies and procedures.
You should read the relevant guidance document before you start to fill in the application form.
The guidance documents will tell you:
The HTA licenses a number of activities relating to human tissue. We are also responsible for carrying out inspections to ensure licence conditions are being met. These activities are laid out in the Human Tissue Act and associated Regulations.
The activities licensed by the HTA are:
Tissues and cells removed directly from a person are relevant material under the HT Act. Cell lines are not relevant material as all the original cells from the person have been replaced by cells that have divided and therefore have been created outside the human body.
The Human Tissue Act 2004 licenses (amongst other activities) the storage of relevant material for use for research. The Human Tissue Act explicitly excludes from its remit the licensing of material if it is created outside the human body. Therefore, the regulation of cell lines for research...