Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs


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The HTA welcomes five new Authority members

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) is pleased to announce that five new Board Members have been appointed by the Secretary of State for Health.

Issue date:24 March 2016

Shirley Harrison, former Chair of the HTA, passes away

Shirley Harrison, Chair of the HTA from October 2006 until January 2010, passed away on 25 February 2016.

Issue date:04 March 2016

HTA publishes parents’ guide to cord blood banking

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA), the regulator for human tissue, cells and organs, has today published a cord blood banking guide for expectant parents considering cord blood donation a

Issue date:25 February 2016

HTA comments on families saying no to deceased organ donation

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) today released figures that highlight the number of families who have said no to a relative donating organs after

Issue date:15 January 2016

HTA announces fees for 2016/17

Today the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) announced that there will be no increase in the 2016/17 annual licence fee for organisations in the post mortem, research, public display, organ donation and transplantation and anatomy sectors.

Issue date:18 December 2015

HTA comments on new RCN pregnancy remains guidance

Commenting on the publication of Royal College of Nursing (RCN) guidance on managing the disposal of pregnancy remains, Caroline Browne, HTA’s Head of Regulation said: “We know that the loss or termination of a pregnancy, whatever the circumstances, needs to be handled sensitively by the healthca

Issue date:27 October 2015

'Body Donors' documentary on Channel 5

HTA welcomed the ‘sensitive and realistic accounts’ of body donation shown in the Channel 5 series ‘Body Donors’, broadcast at 9pm on the 29 Sep and 6 October 2015.

Issue date:07 October 2015

HTA launches Codes of Practice and Standards consultation

The HTA ran a consultation on the proposed changes to its Codes of Practice and Standards documentation.

Issue date:01 September 2015

Government announced triennial review of the HTA

The HTA welcomed the government’s announcement in 2015, that it would undertake a triennial review of the HTA. These reviews are cyclical and ensure that non-departmental public bodies, like the HTA, are still needed and that they are effective and work well. 

Issue date:20 July 2015