Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs


The HTA licenses establishments in the anatomy sector to provide assurance to the public that bodies or tissue from the deceased are given with proper consent, and are used appropriately. As the regulator, the HTA cannot promote body donation but we do provide the public with support and information about body donation. People must decide, and provide written and witnessed consent before they die, if they would like to donate their bodies to medical science. Information about regulation in Scotland is provided by Health Scotland.

The standards that establishments licensed under an HTA anatomy licence should meet
On this page you can download the model consent forms and the authorisation for loan form.
This page sets out guidance on the definition of what the Human Tissue Act (2004) (HT Act) refers to as ‘relevant material’. This definition excludes human application.
Position statement on the acceptance of donor consent for anatomical examination
HTA position statement on storage of human material for teaching by schools and colleges
Position statement on the disposal of anatomical specimens, former anatomical specimens and body parts (including those that have been imported).
Information for anatomy schools, including anatomy forms, consent forms and bequeathal booklets
Policy on the sale of bodies, body parts and tissue
This section explains the consent exemptions from the Human Tissue Act (2004)


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