Human Tissue Act

The purpose of the Human Tissue Act is to provide a consistent legislative framework for issues relating to whole body donation and the taking, storage and use of human organs and tissue.  It makes consent the fundamental principle underpinning the lawful storage and use of human bodies, body parts, organs, tissue and the removal of material from bodies of deceased persons.

The Act, by establishing the Human Tissue Authority, will set up an over-arching body which is intended to rationalise existing regulation of activities like Transplantation and Anatomical Examination, and introduce regulation of other activities like post-mortem examinations, and the storage of human material for education, training and research.  It is intended to achieve a balance between the rights and expectations of individuals and families, and broader considerations, such as the importance of research, education, training, pathology and public health surveillance to the population as a whole.

The HTA’s revised codes of practice came into practice on the 15th September 2009

The codes of practice provide guidance and lay down expected standards for each of the sectors we regulate. The revised codes are designed to support professionals by giving advice and guidance based on real-life experience.  Seven of the codes have been revised to reflect the HTA’s experience of regulation and an entirely new code on research has also been produced.

Access the revised codes


For further information, please contact:

Associate Director Research Development and Innovation
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
M23 9QZ

Principal Research Scientist
The Transplant Centre
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
M23 9LT 

Human Tissue Authority Licence

MFT holds 2 Human Tissue Authority Licences:

Research. Licence 12149
Designated Individual: Dr James Fildes

Post Mortem Pathology. 12203
Designated Individual: Dr Paul Bishop