Key facts

More information can be found on the Human Tissue Authority website.

Definition of relevant material

The definition of relevant material in the Human Tissue Act 2004 (excluding human application) is:

Section 53: Relevant Material

1. In this Act, "relevant material" means material, other than gametes, which consists of or includes human cells.

2. In this Act, references to relevant material from a human body do not include:

(a) embryos outside the human body, or

(b) hair and nail from the body of a living person.

To supplement the HTA's broader policy framework on relevant material, a list has been produced to provide stakeholders with guidance on whether specific materials fall within the definition of relevant material under the Human Tissue Act. Please see the supplementary list of materials for the purposes of the Human Tissue Act 2004.

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