Public confidence in human tissue regulation is rising, prompting more people to consider donating tissue and organs.
Surveys published this week (October 27th) by Ipsos MORI have revealed that confidence in regulation has risen from 52per cent to 57 per cent over the course of the past three years.
Furthermore, 48 per cent of people surveyed now feel more confident about donating tissue for medical research.
In addition, two in five stakeholders said that their confidence has increased, with a total of 86 per cent of professional stakeholders now claiming to be confident in the Human Tissue Authority (HTA).
Craig Muir, HTA chief executive, commented: "The more confidence there is that human tissue will be used safely and ethically, the more likely it is that that people will donate for the good of medicine and science.
"We aim to build on this public and professional confidence by ensuring human tissue continues to be used safely and ethically, and with proper consent."