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Human Tissue Act 2004

Human Tissue Act 2004[1]
Long title An Act to make provision with respect to activities involving human tissue; to make provision about the transfer of human remains from certain museum collections; and for connected purposes.
Chapter 2004 c 30
Territorial extent England, Northern Ireland and Wales
Royal Assent 15 November 2004
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Human Tissue Act 2004 (c 30) was an [2]

The Act was brought about as a consequence of, among things, the Alder Hey Children's Hospital without consent, and the Kennedy inquiry into heart surgery on children at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. A consultative exercise followed the Government's Green Paper, Human Bodies, Human Choices (2002), and earlier recommendations by the Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson.

The Act allows for anonymous

  • Bell MD (May 2006). "The UK Human Tissue Act and consent: surrendering a fundamental principle to transplantation needs?". J Med Ethics 32 (5): 283–6.  

Further reading

  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title is authorised by section 61 of this Act.
  2. ^ a b "Q&A: Human Tissue Act".  
  3. ^ "Strangers allowed to give organs".  
  4. ^ "Body parts shows to need licences".  
  5. ^ "Radical changes for organ donors".  
  6. ^ "'"Transplant law 'likely to fail.  
  7. ^ Stephanie Condron (11 May 2007). "Gambler tried to sell his kidney online".  


See also

  • The Human Tissue Act 2004 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/919)
  • The Human Tissue Act 2004 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/2632 (C. 108))
  • The Human Tissue Act 2004 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/2792 (C. 115))
  • The Human Tissue Act 2004 (Commencement No. 4 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2006
  • The Human Tissue Act 2004 (Commencement No. 5 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/1997 (C. 68))
  • The Human Tissue Act 2004 (Commencement No.5 and Transitional Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/2169)

The following orders have been made under this section:

Section 60 - Commencement


  • Section 60 - Commencement 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4

The Act does not extend to Scotland; its counterpart there is the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006.

[7] The Act prohibits

[6] but a parliamentary report concluded in 2006 that the Act likely would fail in this regard since most surgeons would be unwilling to confront families in such situations.[5]

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