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Human Tissue Act training

The Human Tissue Authority requires that people working under the governance of an HTA licence are appropriately qualified and trained in techniques relevant to their work and are continuously updating their skills.

Training must be undertaken by anyone working with human samples (relevant or non-relevant material), whether under HTA licence or under REC approval.


Mandatory training is provided online: HTA training


Complete assessment and download training certificate: Assessment and certificate download


Of note:

  • Training should be documented and kept up to date, and competency assessed and maintained. The training requirements extend to visiting staff.
  • Staff will need to create a user account and the training page is hosted by the MRC.
  • The pass rate is 70%.
  • Staff need to dedicate time to complete the training in one go as there isn’t the option to save and complete at a later date.
  • Staff need to download their certificate and keep hold of it (you cannot download it again once completed). Update training records, send the training certificate to the NDMRB Collection Responsible Officer who is tracking completion of training.
  • Staff involved in seeking consent are expected to undertake training and be given support in the essential requirements of taking consent. There should be suitable training and support of staff involved in seeking consent, which addresses the requirements of the Human Tissue Act and the HTA’s Codes of Practice.
  • The Principal Investigator is responsible for making sure all staff are appropriately trained for their role.
  • Training still needs to be completed every two years.