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Human Tissue Act Compliance

Aston University is licensed by the Human Tissue Authority for“storage of relevant human material for a scheduled purpose" under the Human Tissue Act (2004), subject to compliance with, its strictly regulated code of practice:

License Number:                                12381
License Holder:                                  Aston University
Licensed Premises:                            Aston University
Designated Individual (DI): 
                Dr Nicola Seare     n.seare@aston.ac.uk   (0121 204 3325)
Deputy Designated Individual (DDI):
   Dr E Johnson   w.e.johnson@aston.ac.uk   (0121 204 3653

Under the Act the Designated Individual (DI) is responsible for licensed activities and supervising compliance with the licensing arrangements.

The Act makes it unlawful to remove, store or use human tissue from the living or deceased without consent to do so for specified health-related purposes or public display, and is punishable by a fine and/or 3 years' imprisonment.

Aston University uses and stores tissue that falls within the remit of the HTA i
n order to carry out research that leads to human benefit, or is for teaching purposes, The University therefore has obligations under the Human Tissue Act.

Aston's Quality Manual for the Acquisition, Storage, Use and Disposal of Human Tissue describes's operational procedures for the University's quality management system for the governance of the acquisition, storage, use and disposal of human tissue.

Further information is available from our pages and the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) website, including information on what needs licensing, and codes of practice on use of tissue and on appropriate consent.
The HTA regulates the removal, storage, use and disposal of human bodies, organs and tissue for a number of Scheduled Purposes (such as research, transplantation, and education and training) set out in the Human Tissue Act.