Body donation FAQs

Our role is to make sure that these organisations remove, store, and use brains, bodies and tissues in an appropriate, respectful and well-managed way, and that the wishes of individual patients and their families are respected. 

The HTA’s regulation helps ensure that tissue is stored to high standards, to be of most use to healthcare training and research. We know that more people are willing to donate in the knowledge there is an effective regulator that monitors and inspects organisations against certain standards. 

Body donations are highly valued by staff and students at medical schools. A donated body can be used for a number of purposes, which may include: 

  • Anatomical examination – teaching students or healthcare professionals about the structure and function of the human body. 
  • Research – scientific studies which improve the understanding of the human body.   
  • Education and training – training healthcare professionals on surgical techniques. 
How can I donate my body?
Where can I donate my body?
Consent and body donation