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Human Tissue Act 2004


The Human Tissue Act (HTA) regulates removal, storage and use of human tissue - defined as material that has come from a human body and consists of, or includes, human cells, and is regulated in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by the Human Tissue Authority. Under the requirements of the Human Tissue Act, it is unlawful to carry out these licensable activities without a licence.

The EU Tissue and Cells Directive (EUTCD) lays down standards of quality and safety for the donation, procurement, testing, processing, preservation, storage and distribution of human tissue and cells, to make it safer and easier to exchange tissue and cells between EU member states. The HTA are the Competent Authority in the UK for regulating establishments using human tissue for human application.


The European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC) is licensed under section 16 of the Human Tissue Act 2004 for the following activities:

1. The storage of material (whole blood and peripheral blood lymphocytes) for specific research purposes


The Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) Regulations 2007 make it an offence, from 5 July 2007, to store tissues or cells for human application without a licence under the Regulations.

The European Collection of Cell Cultures (ECACC) is licensed under regulation 7 and schedule 1 of the Human Tissue (Quality & Safety for Human Application) Regulations 2007.


2. Storage of tissues and/or cells intended for human application and the import/export of tissues and /or cells intended for human application.


Our licence number is 12114.

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