The Human Tissue Act 2004 covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It established the Human Tissue Authority to regulate activities concerning the removal, storage, use and disposal of human tissue for research, medical treatment, post-mortem examination, education and training, and display in public, along with giving approval for organ and bone marrow donations from living people. The HTA issues licenses for the storage and use of human tissue, carries out inspections on licensed premises and promotes good practice on all aspects of the handling, use, storage and disposal of human tissue. The Human Tissue Act 2004 made it an offence to store human tissue without a license and/or recognised Research Ethics Committee approval.
Visit the Legislation.gov.uk website for the full Human Tissue Act 2004
The University of Wolverhampton Policy for Use of Human Tissue in Research aligns with the requirements of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA). The aim of this Policy will be to ensure University compliance with the Human Tissue Act 2004 and ethical considerations in relation to research using human tissue. This Policy is an integral part of the University research governance arrangements.