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Welcome to the latest HTA new codes and standards update                                                                            12 January 2017

Welcome to the first new 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


Webinars are being scheduled during February and March, and will provide an opportunity for you to learn more about the key changes in each Code, and to ask us any questions.

Currently we have the following dates booked in the diary:

Each webinar will be presented by an HTA Head of Regulation (where possible).

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

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.

Useful Tips

Each guidance document on the new standards is published on our website, and has a version history so you can check that you are using the most up-to-date guidance.

Thank you for reading, we will be sending the next codes and standards update in early February. In the meantime, you can see more information on the new codes and standards on our website here.
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