Organisations voice concerns over plans to disband Human Tissue Authority

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 20 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7897
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The body set up to ensure safe use of human tissues and organs in the United Kingdom says government plans to abolish it are widely opposed by medical and research experts.

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) has written to ministers saying that stakeholders do not support the Department of Health’s proposals to transfer the authority’s functions elsewhere because the proposals posed risks and could undermine public confidence.

Organisations such as the British Medical Association, the Wellcome Trust, the Royal College of Surgeons, and the Academy of Medical Sciences are opposed to the government’s plans to disband the regulator and merge its functions with the Care Quality Commission.

The authority’s chairwoman, Baroness Diana Warwick, said on 15 November, “We have strong support from stakeholders and interest groups, from public …

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