Human Tissue Act
The Human Tissue Act (2004) (HT Act) is the legislative framework that governs the storage and use of relevant material from the living and the removal, storage and use of relevant material from the deceased, for a scheduled purpose.
The Act focuses on both consent and licensing making consent fundamental to the removal, storage and use of human tissue for certain scheduled purposes.
Relevant material, as defined by the HT Act, is material derived from a human body (other than gametes*) which consists of or includes cells (including bodily waste products).
The following are excluded from the Act:
- hair and nail from the body of a living person;
- embryos outside the human body;*
- cell lines and other material created outside the human body;
- any sample that has been rendered acellular within seven days of initial sample receipt.
*Regulated by Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990.
A supplementary list of relevant material is available from the Human Tissue Authority (HTA). This list is neither exhaustive nor exclusive. Potential users of human tissue are asked to seek guidance from the Human Tissue Authority website where the classification of human tissue is unclear. If at that point queries remain, please contact Research Office for additional guidance and support:
- Dr Diane Escott, Research Governance Officer (Human Tissue): firstname.lastname@example.org
Human Tissue Regulations
View the Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) Regulations 2007.
Human Tissue Authority
Find out more about the regulator for human tissue and organs.
Visit the HTA website
Information for Manchester researchers
Are you a researcher at The University of Manchester? Learn more about compliance with the Human Tissue Act.
Relevant and licensable material
Find out whether specific tissue types are considered "relevant" and/or licensable under the Human Tissue Act.