71. In general.

Regulation of the removal, storage and use of human tissue and organs is mainly contained in the Human Tissue Act 2004 and regulations made under it1. The Act provides for the establishment of the Human Tissue Authority, which has regulatory and licensing functions2. The Act authorises certain activities relating to human bodies and body parts if they are carried out with consent3; and it imposes licensing requirements for certain activities4. Provision is also made for the de-accession of human remains5. The Act creates various offences6.

Several European Directives relating to human tissue and cells7 have also been implemented8.

In Wales, the