Human Tissue Act

The Human Tissue Act is a framework for regulating the storage and use of human organs and tissue from the living, and the removal, storage and use of human organs and tissue from the deceased, for specified health-related purposes and public display.

Human tissue can be defined as material which has come from the human body which consists of, or includes, human cells.

It aims to make consent a fundamental principle underpinning the use and storage of human tissue.

It is overseen by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA), which regulates the removal, storage, use and disposal of human bodies, organs and tissue.

Please visit the Human Tissue Authority website for information about what is covered by the Act, or contact the University Human Tissue Manager,

Policy for the storage and use of human tissue

Frequently Asked Questions

HTA generic presentation

HTA Codes of Practice for Research

List of materials covered by the act

Consent - The giving of consent is a positive, voluntary act. It should be a process and not a single action

HTA newsletters

University of Leeds-specific information

MRC resources - updated July 2019

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