Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

HTA guidance on the sensitive handling of pregnancy remains

On the 25 March 2015 the HTA published guidance aimed at professionals who work with women who have experienced a pregnancy loss or termination. The guidance sets out what is expected and how women should be involved in decision making about the sensitive handling of pregnancy remains.

This guidance, produced in consultation with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, makes sure that women are central to the choice about what happens to their pregnancy remains. The guidance recognises the particularly sensitive nature of pregnancy loss or termination, and that a woman’s understanding of the options open to her are of paramount importance and should be respected and acted upon.

The HTA's guidance on the disposal of pregnancy remains following pregnancy loss or termination

Practical questions and answers for professionals about the guidance

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