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Analysis of the data we have collected has identified key themes and areas for improvement that the HTA will use to inform the sector through additional advice and guidance, some of which has been included in this document.
The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) regulates and licenses establishments in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland where post-mortem (PM) examinations take place and tissue may be removed and stored for a number of scheduled purposes as set out in the Human Tissue Act 2004.
Dying Matters Awareness Week is taking place from 13-19 May. This year, Dying Matters are reflecting on a question that challenges everyone on several levels - ‘Are We Ready?’
The Department of Health and Social Care is seeking to make two appointments to the board of the Human Tissue Authority.
The HTA was asked to provide information on the number of umbilical cord blood tissue and dental pulp units processed in the UK from 2014 - 2018. This was requested alongside the number of UK organisations that the HTA took regulatory action against.
The HTA was asked to provide documentation - including letters, emails, reports, and meeting minutes - related to concens about the Wellcome Sanger Institute's compliance with the Human Tissue Act in 2019.