Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Fresh frozen material

The use of fresh frozen material for training provides lifelike opportunities for practitioners to practise techniques and procedures without posing any risks to patients. The increasing demand for such training has led to an increase in the demand for fresh frozen material. Initially, all this material was sourced and imported from overseas suppliers but there is increasing availability and use of material from UK body donors.

In terms of preservation methods, there is still a widespread use of ‘traditional’, formalin-based embalming. Out of 36 establishments, two store Thiel-embalmed bodies and body parts and five establishments store plastinated bodies and body parts. In addition, eight out of 36 establishments store frozen bodies and body parts.

Out of 36 establishments, eight purchase fresh frozen material, with a further six establishments planning to increase their activity in this area (Figure 2).

Figure 2. Information on the use of fresh frozen material by anatomy establishments.

Last updated on: 2 Aug 2016