Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Qualifying relationships

For some purposes, including post mortem examinations, appropriate consent can be given by someone in a ‘qualifying relationship’ to the deceased immediately before their death. Please see further details in the Codes of Practice for each sector.

Those in a qualifying relationship to the deceased person are (highest first):

  1. spouse or partner (including civil or same sex partner)
  2. parent or child (in this context a ‘child’ can be any age)
  3. brother or sister
  4. grandparent or grandchild
  5. niece or nephew
  6. stepfather or stepmother
  7. half-brother or half-sister
  8. friend of long standing
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Last updated on: 20 May 2020