The purpose of the Human Tissue Act is to provide a consistent legislative framework for issues relating to whole body donation and the taking, storage and use of human organs and tissue. It makes consent the fundamental principle underpinning the lawful storage and use of human bodies, body parts, organs, tissue and the removal of material from bodies of deceased persons.
The Act, by establishing the Human Tissue Authority, will set up an over-arching body which is intended to rationalise existing regulation of activities like Transplantation and Anatomical Examination, and introduce regulation of other activities like post-mortem examinations, and the storage of human material for education, training and research. It is intended to achieve a balance between the rights and expectations of individuals and families, and broader considerations, such as the importance of research, education, training, pathology and public health surveillance to the population as a whole.
The HTA’s revised codes of practice came into practice on the 15th September 2009
The codes of practice provide guidance and lay down expected standards for each of the sectors we regulate. The revised codes are designed to support professionals by giving advice and guidance based on real-life experience. Seven of the codes have been revised to reflect the HTA’s experience of regulation and an entirely new code on research has also been produced.
For further information, please contact:
Principal Research Scientist
Human Tissue Authority Licence
UHSM holds 2 Human Tissue Authority Licences:
Research. Licence 12149
Post Mortem Pathology. 12203