The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) was set up to regulate the removal, storage, use and disposal of human bodies, organs and tissue for a number of Scheduled Purposes – such as research, transplantation, and education and training – set out in the Human Tissue Act 2004 (HT Act).
The HT Act covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland and came into force on 1 September 2006.
BSMS, under the aegis of the University of Sussex, currently holds two licences – one anatomy licence and one research licence – which cover the storage of human tissue for purposes under the act.
The University of Sussex HTA management policy is to ensure compliance with the HT Act and with the standards and guidance set by the HTA. The level of quality required is achieved through the adoption of a system of procedures that reflect the regulatory standards and guidelines.