Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology

Human Tissue Authority

The HTA is a regulator set up in 2005 following events in the 1990s that revealed a culture in hospitals of removing and retaining human organs and tissue without consent. 

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

Release of the wrong body incidents in the post mortem sector

Guidance on traceability procedures of the deceased

Test your knowledge on HTA legislation!

HTA Codes of Practice and Standards

The Sands perinatal post mortem consent package

Brexit guidance

Contingency arrangements for mortuaries during busy periods

Post mortem HTA reportable incidents


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.