» Human Tissue Authority and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service sign Memorandum of Understanding

06 July, 2015


Statement on joint working with the HTA and UKAS

 Issue date: 5 June 2015

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) have signed a joint working agreement, which aims to ensure better regulation by further improving efficiencies and reducing burden.

This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlines a clear framework for joint work, including conducting joint inspections at mortuaries that are inspected by both the HTA and UKAS. Collaborating in this way promises to strengthen the work of both organisations.

HTA Director of Regulation, Sarah Bedwell, said: “We hugely welcome this agreement, as it wholeheartedly reflects our commitment to working effectively and efficiently, supporting innovation, and reducing regulatory burden where it is safe and proportionate to do so.

“The MoU will mean we can streamline processes and avoid unnecessary duplication between organisations, while continuing to ensure that human tissue is used safely, ethically and with proper consent, and maintaining public confidence in post mortem services.”

UKAS’ Business Development & Technical Director, Lorraine Turner said: “In addition to providing confidence in an organisation’s competence and integrity, one of the main benefits of accreditation is to minimise duplication of assessment.  We are so pleased to be working with the HTA to minimise the burden of assessment on mortuaries.”

The full MoU, outlining the collaborative framework and obligations please can be found here.