Press Release

Minister Harney invites submissions in public consultation on proposals for a Human Tissue Bill

The Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney, T.D., has encouraged members of the public and interest groups to submit their views as part of a public consultation process on proposals for a Human Tissue Bill which will commence tomorrow (Thursday 9th. April ).

The proposed Bill will regulate the removal, retention, storage, use and disposal of human tissue from deceased persons, and 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 latest date for receipt of responses to this public consultation on proposals for a Human Tissue Bill is 29th May 2009.

Further information on the proposals will be available on the Department’s website or can be requested by telephone (01 6354732 / 6354452) or by email (

The Minister said : “It is important that these activities take place under a clear legal framework that protects the living and the deceased and respects the autonomy of the individual and the rights of the bereaved.”

A separate, but related, public consultation on the different types of consent for the donation of organs for transplantation after death took place earlier this year and more than one thousand submissions were received. The Department is currently analysing these submissions received in relation to consent for organ donation.