Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Guidance for professionals

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About HTA legal directions
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.
  • Relevant material
This list is intended to supplement the HTA’s guidance on ‘relevant material’.
  • Relevant material
The list provides guidance to the human application sector on which types of tissues and cells are regulated under the Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) Regulations 2007.
  • EU tissue and cells directive
  • Relevant material
Who can decide on what happens to tissue from the deceased
  • Consent
  • 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
Resolving complaints can improve the Human Tissue Authority’s (HTA’s) services and support the HTA’s reputation.
  • Complaints

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