Development of the new Codes and Standards
The development of the revised Codes began with HTA staff carrying preliminary research on the changes needed. In September 2014, the Authority agreed proposals to produce a new streamlined set of Codes, underpinned by principles drawn from the Human Tissue Act.
We consulted on the draft Codes and Standards between 1 September and 30 October 2015, which included consultation workshops in London, Leeds, Belfast and Bridgend, involving over 200 attendees.
The feedback we received on the draft Codes and Standards was largely positive, including many comments and suggestions for improving the drafts Codes and Standards.
Review and Parliamentary Approval
Following consultation, we updated the draft codes and standards to take into consideration the consultation responses. The updated drafts were then legally reviewed to make sure we’re acting within our powers, and that the drafts complied with the Human Tissue Act and other relevant legislation.
We published the drafts on our website in May - while the Codes were not expected to come into force until April 2017, we published the drafts to help establishments prepare.
The final drafts were laid before Parliament on 17 October 2016. Following 40 days, the Codes were approved by both houses shortly before Christmas.