Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology

Human Tissue Authority

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) is a watchdog that supports public confidence by licensing organisations that store and use human tissue for purposes such as research, patient treatment, post-mortem examination, teaching, and public exhibitions. The HTA also give approval for organ and bone marrow donations from living people.

The HTA aim is to set standards that are clear and reasonable, and in which both the public and professionals can have confidence.

Further information and guidance for the post-mortem sector:

HTA Post-Mortem Sector

HTA and CPA Peer Support

For those who have successfully passed CPA and/or HTA inspections, and wish to help others with some guidance & pointers, please email If a member is seeking some help with a forthcoming inspection, then the AAPT will be happy to put you in contact with someone locally.