With the interests of the public

and those we regulate at the centre of our work, we aim to maintain confidence by ensuring that human tissue is used safely and ethically, and with proper consent. We regulate organisations that remove, store and use tissue for research, medical treatment, post-mortem examination, teaching and display in public. We also give approval for organ and bone marrow donations from living people.

Our regulatory work

Find out about the organisations that we license and inspect, and organ, bone marrow and body donations. Read our advice and guidance including codes of practice, policies and information about the laws we work under.


Public information on post-mortem examination and retention of organs and tissue

13 December 2011

In line with our recent strategic shift towards empowering the public in making decisions, the HTA has produced a document on what public expectations should be for the retention of post mortem tissue.

Submit your 2011 annual activity data now

Establishments in the tissue and cells for patient treatment (human application) sector can now submit their annual activity data for the period 1 January to 31 December 2011.

For journalists

Media releases, resources for journalists and media office contacts.