Human Tissue Act

Human Tissue Act 2004 – Regulates removal, storage and use of tissue and organs from the deceased, and the storage and use of tissue from the living

  • Covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Separate legislation in Scotland – the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 
  • Human Tissue Act does not apply retrospectively 
  • Foetal tissue is treated as any other tissue under the Act, although embryos and gametes are excluded 
  • Consent is the overarching principle 

For advise on the research activities that fall under the Human Tissue Act please contact Dr. David Hilton (Neuropathology).

Human Tissue Act eLearning for Health Care Professionals

MRC Consent & Licensing for Research

MRC Research & HTA - Consent


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