Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Guidance for professionals

The filter and search function on this page allows you to refine down the full list of guidance that we provide for professionals to find specific items. Common searches for the HTA codes of practice and standards, licensing, fees and inspection information or for specific information for each of our regulated sectors can be found using the menu items above.

Policy on consent for post-mortem examination and tissue retention under the Human Tissue Act 2004
  • Consent
  • Human Tissue Act
  • Post mortem
  • Research
HTA policy on the steps transplant units should take to prepare living organ donors when it is not possible to transplant their organ
  • Transplants
  • Organ donation and transplantation
  • Living organ donation
A Channel 4 Dispatches programme in March 2014 highlighted pregnancy loss and the disposal of fetal remains.
  • Fetal tissue
  • Pregnancy loss
HTA's current position on the absence of a presumed genetic relationship
  • Transplants
  • Organ donation and transplantation
  • Living organ donation
Guidance on the removal of relevant material from deceased children
  • Deceased children
  • Relevant material
Protocol to ensure the provision of forensic pathology services in the event of regulatory action
  • Forensic Pathology Service
  • Inspection
  • Pathologists
  • Post mortem
Further guidance for mortuaries on how to formalise agreements with funeral directors
  • Funeral directors
Policy on the sale of bodies, body parts and tissue
  • Sale of body parts
This guidance provides a comprehensive explanation of the responsibilities of toxicologists under the Human Tissue Act 2004.
  • Toxicology
This policy outlines the approach the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) takes when dealing with allegations about individuals or establishments (licensed or unlicensed) that fall into the HTA’s regulatory remit.
  • Allegations
  • Inspection
  • Investigation

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