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Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) 

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is responsible for regulating all medicines and medical devices in the UK by ensuring they work and are acceptably safe.

It protects and improves the health of millions of people every day through the effective regulation of medicines and medical devices, underpinned by science and research.

The MHRA is a centre of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency which also includes the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), and the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD).

The MHRA is an executive agency of the Department of Health.


Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HEFA)

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HEFA) is the UK's independent regulator overseeing the use of gametes and embryos in fertility treatment and research.

It licenses fertility clinics and centres carrying out in vitro fertilisation (IVF), other assisted conception procedures and human embryo research, monitors UK fertility clinics and all UK research involving human embryos, and provides impartial and authoritative information to the public.

HFEA is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health.


Human Tissue Authority (HTA)

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) is a watchdog that supports public confidence by licensing organisations that store and use human tissue for purposes such as research, patient treatment, post-mortem examination, teaching, and public exhibitions.

It also gives approval for organ and bone marrow donations from living people. The aim is to set standards that are clear and reasonable, and in which both the public and professionals can have confidence.

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) has the interests of the public and regulated organisations at the centre of its work. It aims to maintain confidence by ensuring that human tissue is used safely and ethically, and with proper consent.