Human Tissue Act training

The Human Tissue Authority requires that people working under the governance of an HTA licence are appropriately qualified and trained in techniques relevant to their work and are continuously updating their skills.
  • Training should be documented, kept up to date and competency assessed and maintained. The training requirements extend to visiting staff and should be documented in induction programmes for new staff.
  • Staff involved in seeking consent are expected to undertake training and be given support in the essential requirements of taking consent. There should be suitable training and support of staff involved in seeking consent, which addresses the requirements of the Human Tissue Act and the HTA’s Codes of Practice.
  • The chief investigator is responsible for making sure all staff are appropriately trained for their role.
  • Training must be updated every two years.
Who does it apply to?

Training must be undertaken by anyone working with human samples (relevant or non-relevant material), whether under HTA licence or under REC approval.

'Working with human samples' is defined as being involved with seeking consent for the collection of human tissue samples, collecting, processing, storing, using, releasing or disposing of human tissue samples, as well as any staff involved in managing ethics approvals for projects involving human samples.

'Human samples' are defined as any cellular or acellular human sample derived inside of the human body including but not limited to blood or blood derivatives (plasma, serum, buffy coat etc), urine, faeces, saliva, tissue sections (stained or unstained), fresh frozen or fresh tissue samples, fixed samples (formalin, glutaraldehyde etc) and formalin fixed paraffin embedded blocks.

Online training

Training on the Human Tissue Act 2004, the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and the HTA Codes of Practice is provided online:

HTA training



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