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The Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales has appointed Ellen Donovan as the new Welsh Member of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA).
An organ is defined as a differentiated part of the human body, formed by different tissues, that maintains its structure, vascularisation, and capacity to develop physiological functions with a significant level of autonomy.
Composite tissue is a construct that contains multiple structures that may include skin, bone, muscles, blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue that is recovered from a donor as an anatomical or structural unit, without altering its relevant characteristics.
The HTA is the regulator for organ donation and transplantation in the UK. The HTA regulates the Safety and Quality of Organs for Transplantation.
The Regulations require that activities involving procurement and transplantation are licensed. The activity of procurement includes one or more of the following: donor characterisation, organ characterisation, preservation of an organ, making arrangements to transport an organ and retrieval of...
Licences granted under the Quality and Safety of Organs Intended for Transplantation Regulations 2012, as amended, apply to corporate bodies and persons, rather than to premises.
The HTA prefers that the licence holder is the corporate body where possible (e.g. an NHS Trust). Establishments applying as a corporate body should provide the contact name of an individual who will act as a representative for the corporate body (Corporate Licence Holder Contact [CLHC]).
You are required to notify the HTA with details about any changes to licensable activities, organ types, establishment address or location details.
Examples of changes you must notify the HTA about include: