The EUODD sets minimum standards that must be met across all member states. NHSBT, together with other organisations involved in organ donation and transplantation, is currently working with the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) to apply a consistent and harmonised regulatory framework by August 2012.
To find out more, please visit the HTA website using the link below: http://www.hta.gov.uk/organdonationdirective.cfm
Following consultation, the Government has introduced new legislation to regulate the removal, storage and use of Human Organs and Tissue.
The Human Tissue Act 2004 received Royal Assent on 15th November 2004. It:
The Act applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland and in part to Scotland. The Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 2 February 2006. Having received Royal Assent on 16 March 2006 it was published as the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006.
The substantive provisions of the Act will come into force on days appointed by the Secretary of State by order. This is expected to be by September 2006. However, to comply with the requirements of the EU Tissue and Cells Directive, those establishments that store material for human application will need to be licensed by the Human Tissue Authority from April 2006. Further information can be found on the Human Tissue Authority website.
Until the Human Tissue Act 2004 is fully implemented, and the Human Tissue Authority issues guidance and codes of practice, the Department of Health interim guidance should continue to apply.
The 2004 Act repeals and replaces:
It also repeals and replaces:
The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) has announced new opportunities for transplants which will potentially save or improve the lives of dozens of people a year. These types of transplant will be allowed from 1 September 2006 and will apply across the UK.
Currently, under the the Human Organ Transplants Act 1989, and the accompanying Human Organ Transplants (Unrelated Persons) Regulations, 1989, kidney transplants from living donors can only take place between those who are genetically or emotionally related. The new types of allowed transplant – called paired and altruistic (or ‘stranger’) donation – will help reduce the waiting list for an organ from a deceased donor. The HTA will take over the regulatory role formerly fulfilled by the Unrelated Live Transplant Regulatory Authority (ULTRA).
"Everyone should be encouraged to talk to their families about their views on organ donation"