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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).
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.
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.
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 Cell lines are not relevant material as all the original cells from the person have been replaced by cells that have divided and therefore have been created outside the human body.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...
Some medical schools may request that the donor’s estate contribute to the cost of transporting the body, particularly if the donation falls outside of the medical school’s local area. Full details can be obtained directly from the medical school.
Use for excepted purposes (see Appendix referred to above).
The Authority (or Court of Session in Scotland) has power to permit the use of results of analysis of DNA in the absence of consent.
The consent requirements do not apply to the display of human remains from people who died more than 100 years ago.
A licence for public display is not required:
• to display relevant material from living persons; or• if more than 100 years have elapsed since the person’s death; or• if the person who provided the material for public display was alive at the time of the donation, including if they have...