The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) regulates the removal, storage and use of human organs and tissue. This includes the donation of organs and bone marrow from live donors. The HTA has been consulting on its codes of practice. The Codes cover 7 areas: principles and consent, post-mortem, anatomy, public display, research, organ donation, and bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell donation.
In our response to the consultation we focused on two issues, both relating to the code on research. We discussed the regulation on non-cellular DNA, a gap that we believe the HTA should be filling and we also tackled issues of consent for children and young people, which we felt had not been addressed in the codes.