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Welcome to the latest HTA new codes and standards update                                                                            15 February 2017

Welcome to the second edition of our Codes and Standards newsletter

In the run up to April, when the new codes and standards will come into effect, we will be sharing key information about the new codes and standards with you in a series of newsletters.

There will be webinars scheduled during February and March for those of you who want to have the opportunity to find out more about the new codes and standards directly, and to ask us questions.

These newsletters will also contain helpful tips to help establishments prepare.

Don't worry if you've missed a newsletter, we will also be hosting all of the newsletters and other key information about the new codes and standards on our website.

You can see the draft versions of the Codes of practice and Standards on our website here.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please drop us a line at

Standards across our sectors

You will notice that there are more individual licensing standards across the sectors. This is because we have reformatted and numbered each requirement to provide greater clarity and make it easier for those working with them and for the HTA regulation staff whose job it is to assess compliance with them. The new format will improve our ability to make use of compliance information and provide information back to our sectors, for example following biennial compliance updates exercises. It will also make it easier to map HTA’s standards against those of other organisations such as RCPath and UKAS.

Where we have thought that additional clarification would be helpful, we have included standard-specific advice and guidance.  Because this guidance does not form part of the published codes, it can be updated as we learn more about what further information is needed by our establishments to help them meet the standards.  

There are still four groups of standards; however, the disposal standard has been replaced with a new standard on traceability, which therefore has greater prominence.

Post-mortem sector

We have brought the standards into line with professional guidance from RCPath and up-to-date guidance from HSE on the handling of bodies. For example, we have included a new standard – GQ1b – that requires the pathologist to examine the body before evisceration.  From Monday 3 April 2017, our inspectors will be checking procedures that govern post-mortem examinations to check for evidence that evisceration never takes place without the body first having been examined. Follow this link to view the updated post-mortem Codes and Standards.

Public Display sector

Our standards for the public display sector are now expressed in language which better reflects museum activity, for example referring to ‘collections management’, ‘acquisition’, ‘deaccession’, ‘preservation’ and ‘conservation’.  We hope that this will make them more accessible to those who work in the museum sector.

You can read all of the updated Codes and Standards on our website here.


If you missed the first round of our Code A and B webinars last week there is still a chance to register for the second round, along with sessions on our other Codes. These webinars will provide an opportunity for you to learn more about the key changes in each Code, and to ask us any questions you may have on them.

The schedule for upcoming webinars is as follows:


We will also be publishing recordings of each Code session on the HTA website and our new YouTube channel before the launch in April.

To register for a webinar please go to our webinar home page, and select the session(s) you'd like to attend.

Useful Tips

An advantage of the new, more specific licensing standards is that you can incorporate them more easily in your audit activities. Auditing against our standards will demonstrate the extent of your compliance with our standards and demonstrate whether you are meeting the requirements of your own systems.

Thank you for reading, we will be sending the next codes and standards update in early March. In the meantime, you can see more information on the new codes and standards on our website here. If you have any questions regarding our Codes and the upcoming launch, please contact us.
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