Human Tissue Authority
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Human Tissue AuthorityA UK government watchdog that supports public confidence by licensing organisations that store and use human tissue for purposes such as research, patient treatment, postmortem examination, teaching and public exhibitions. The HTA also gives approval for organ and bone marrow donations from living people.
HTA Codes of Practice
Code 1: Consent
Code 2: Donation of organs
Code 3: Post mortem
Code 4: Anatomy
Code 5: Disposal
Code 6: Donation of bone marrow
Code 7: Public display
Code 8: Import and export
Code 9: Research
Activities licensed by the HTA
• Anatomic examinations;
• Postmortem examination;
• Removing relevant material (RM) from a deceased person;
• Storing RM from a deceased person (other than for a specific ethically approved project);
• Storing anatomical specimens;
• Storage of relevant material from a living person for research (other than for a specific ethically approved project) or for human application;
• Public display of a body or material from a deceased person.