Human Tissue Authority (HTA)
The use of human tissue at the University requires that legislation covered in The Human Tissue Act (2004) is observed. The Human Tissues Act aims to provide a legal framework for regulating the storage and use of human tissue from the living, and the removal, storage and use of tissue from the deceased.
All researchers and staff working with clinical samples should be aware of The Human Tissue Act (2004) legislation and the guidelines and codes of conduct provided by the Human Tissue Authority. All researchers and staff should be aware that any human material containing cells must ordinarily be stored as part of an ethically approved project or under the authority of a licence issued by the Human Tissue Authority.
The University of Plymouth holds a HTA licence for storing human tissue for research purposes only. Access the links below for further information or email HTA@plymouth.ac.uk.