Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Information for anatomy schools

The Human Tissue Act 2004 permits, with consent, the donation of whole bodies for anatomical examination. It also allows for the storage and anatomical examination of a body, provided that it is carried out by or under the direction of a Designated Individual.

The code of practice on anatomical examination provides guidance for people working in the anatomy sector and sets out the requirements which establishments must meet in order to obtain a licence to carry out an anatomical examination or to store anatomical specimens.

Model forms and bequeathal booklet

The HTA has produced a model bequeathal booklet and model forms to assist anatomy establishments:

  1. Bequeathal booklet
  2. Body donation consent form
  3. Authorisation form for loan of anatomical and former anatomical specimens

Updated May 2018

Last updated on: 8 Nov 2018