Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Model anatomy consent forms

This page has been updated. The HTA (A) forms and online database have been removed as they are no longer in use. There is no longer a requirement for anatomy schools to notify the HTA of activity although anatomy schools are advised to develop internal systems for ensuring traceability which may include, but not exclusively, following standard operating procedures, completing forms or registers and keeping written agreements with funeral directors and transport companies.

Model authorisation form for loan of anatomical and former anatomical specimens

Notes: This form should be completed by the Designated Individual at the licensed establishment to give authorisation for the loan of specimens to an unlicensed establishment. A copy of this form should be kept by both parties as written evidence that the Designated Individual has authorised possession of the specimen/s. The Designated Individual will remain responsible for the specimens while they are away from licensed premises.  In the temporary absence of a DI, we advise that a Person Designated can authorise the loan, providing that the DI has put in place documented systems to ensure that the criteria for agreeing loans, and the processes governing them, are consistent. This delegation of responsibility should be formally recorded. 

Model consent form for body donation - to be signed by donor

Notes: This form should be completed by the person making the donation, in the presence of al least one witness who attests their signature.

Model consent form for body donation - to be signed by representative

Notes: This form should be completed by the representative of the person making the donation, in the presence of at least one witness who attests their signature. This form should be used when written consent by the donor may not be possible, such as when a mentally-competent person is physically unable to write.

Updated November 2012

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