Proposals for a Human Tissue Bill

Mary Harney, T.D., Minister for Health and Children, today (Thursday, 9th April), announced the commencement of a public consultation on proposals for a Human Tissue Bill.

The consultation document sets out proposals to regulate the removal, retention, storage, use and disposal of human tissue from deceased persons, and consent for the use of donated tissue from living persons for the purposes of transplantation and research.

The types of activities covered by the proposals include hospital post-mortem examinations and the use of organs and tissues for transplantation, research, anatomy and education.

The Department now wishes to invite interested parties to submit their views on this issue.

Written responses by individuals, groups or organisations are welcome and should be sent by e-mail to: or posted to:

Tissue Legislation Consultation
Department of Health & Children
Room 324
Hawkins House
Hawkins Street
Dublin 2

The latest date for receipt of submissions is 29th May 2009.

All submissions received will be subject to the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003.