The Human Tissue Authority requires that licensed organisations have in place a quality management system to ensure robust compliance with HTA standards. The standard operating procedures and quality manual must be read and understood by all individuals who store relevant material under the University and ABM University Health Board joint HTA research licence.
The joint QMS aims to ensure appropriate levels of:
Compliance with the HT Act, HTA standards and HTA Codes of practice
Risk mitigation for donated tissues and researchers
Quality assurance to maintain and enhance organisational reputation
Confidence in donors in providing samples for research
The QMS includes a number of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), templates and forms which have been developed in line with the HTA Codes of Practice. Templates may be adapted by researchers and renamed as local documents for specific studies.