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The HTA and paternity testing

Sarah White reminds solicitors that DNA and gene collection and sampling is a regulated market

11 August 2014

What is the Human Tissue Act 2004and how does it affect people wishing to carry out a DNA test within the UK? In the UK, there are certain laws, or rather provisions, with respect to activities involving human tissue which one must be aware of in order to avoid infringement of the law and the harsh penalties which could ensue.

This set of provisions fall under what is known as the Human Tissue Act (HTA). The Act applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland. When it comes to Scotland, only certain provisions of the Act apply (namely those related to DNA testing). The non-departmental public body (NDPB) in charge of this storage and regulation is known as the Human Tissue Authority.

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