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Human Tissue Authority: Fees and Charges

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the licence fee structure of the Human Tissue Authority effects (a) full recovery and (b) more than full recovery of the costs of granting a licence. (269744)

The licence fee structure of the Human Tissue Authority covers the full cost of licensing only. This includes the evaluation of the licence application to assess the level of compliance and risk, the provision of advice and guidance, the management of conditions and variations in respect of each licence (of which there are 800), and site visit inspections.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the guidelines for including acellular material under the licence fee structure of the Human Tissue Authority; and if he will make a statement. (269745)

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) has recently issued a position statement on regulating acellular material, which is available on its website at: www.hta.gov.uk

The cost of regulating acellular material is the same as for its cellular equivalents. Licensed establishments will be subject to the fee structure recently published by the HTA on its website.