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The removal, storage and use of organs or part organs from a deceased person for transplantation is governed by the Human Tissue Act. The underlying principle of deceased donation is that organs and tissues can only be removed with appropriate consent.
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.
When someone dies it can be a distressing and confusing time for family members. In some circumstances, a post-mortem examination may be required or requested. This is an examination of a body after death and during this examination; organs and tissue samples may need to be removed for...
Donating your body to a medical school is a valuable gift - your donation will become an important resource for training healthcare professionals or for research.
Contact details for the transplant teams across the country can be found here.
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
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.
The Regulators’ Code came into statutory effect in April 2014. It provides a principles-based framework for how regulators should engage with those they regulate.
The HTA was established on 1 April 2005 under the Human Tissue Act 2004 (HT Act) which extends to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Are you considering banking your baby’s umbilical cord blood? Considering giving it as a gift to expectant parents? Do you know how to go about it? Where to bank? Or have you already banked cord blood? Did you find it difficult to do?