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Some parents wish to donate cord blood, but they are unable to donate to a public cord blood bank because UK public banks only collect cord blood from certain hospitals. Two UK private cord blood banks offer services which allow parents to donate cord blood so that it will be available more...
It is not illegal under the Human Tissue Act 2004 (the HT Act) to place an advert seeking a living donor, providing there is no offer of reward/payment or material advantage to the potential donor (commercial dealings in human material for transplants is not allowed).
The HTA was asked to provide information on the total number of organs received by HTA-licensed establishments, distinguishing between living and deceased donations; and also sharing the amount of human tissue received (in weight) by these establishments.
Human bodies are used to teach students and to train surgeons and other healthcare professionals. We license and inspect organisations, such as medical schools, that carry out these activities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.