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The HTA licenses a number of activities relating to human tissue. We are also responsible for carrying out inspections to ensure licence conditions are being met. These activities are laid out in the Human Tissue Act and associated Regulations.
The activities licensed by the HTA are:
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 Cell lines are not relevant material as all the original cells from the person have been replaced by cells that have divided and therefore have been created outside the human body.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...
All medical schools welcome the offer of a donation. However, certain medical conditions may lead to the offer being declined. Medical schools can give you more information about these conditions and any other reasons why a body donation may be declined.
Yes, for example, if we believe that any information provided within the application was in a material way either false or misleading, if we find that the DI cannot discharge their duties, or if we are no longer satisfied that the licensed premises are suitable for the purpose.
Some research tissue banks act as co-ordinating bodies for organisations, facilitating access of tissue, including tissue which can be imported for use. These can include commercial organisations and pathology ‘networks’.