Human Tissue

The Human Tissue Act 2004 (HT Act) is an act of UK parliament applying to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  It established the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) to regulate the removal, storage and use of relevant material.  Relevant material is defined as material that has come from a human body (other than gametes) and consists of, or includes, human cells.  If a sample is known to contain even a single cell that has come from a human body, then the sample should be considered relevant material.

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