Brexit changes for dental contractors using human tissue

BREXIT has led to Human Tissue Authority (HTA) regulatory changes that could affect some UK dental providers.

Most specifically, if a dental contractor imports or exports human tissues and cells between GB and a country in the EEA for human application this may require an HTA licence as of 1 July 2021.

Some products used in the placement procedure of dental implants are examples of relevant human tissue. Products may include:

  • cancellous bone particles
  • demineralised bone matrix (DBM)
  • DBM putty
  • pericardium
  • skin and dermal tissue products.

The regulatory changes do not apply to organisations in GB (England, Scotland and Wales) ordering human tissues and cells from suppliers in the UK already licensed by the HTA.

Dental contractors who think their practice might be affected by these changes can visit the HTA website.

You can also contact the HTA directly for advice on enquiries@hta.gov.uk.