Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Post Mortem closed HTARIs

HTARI classification
Q3 2019/20
Q4 2019/20
Q1 2020/21
Q2 2020/21
2019/20 Total
2018/19
Total
2017/18
Total

Accidental damage to a body

10

15

13

8

46

47

48

Discovery of an additional organ(s) in a body on evisceration for a second post- mortem examination, or during the repatriation or embalming process

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Loss, disposal or retention of a whole fetus or fetal tissue (gestational age less than 24 weeks) against the express wishes of the family

0

3

1

1

4

0

2

Disposal or retention of an organ or tissue against the express wishes of the family

2

0

2

0

4

1

5

Discovery of an organ or tissue following post-mortem examination and release of body

1

0

0

0

3

8

9

Incident leading to the temporary unplanned closure of a mortuary resulting in an inability to deliver services

0

3

0

0

3

1

1

Loss of an organ

0

2

1

6

5

2

6

Major equipment failure

4

1

0

0

13

4

8

Post-mortem examination conducted was not in line with the consent given or the PM examination proceeded with inadequate consent

0

0

0

2

1

2

2

Post-mortem examination of the wrong body

0

0

0

0

1

4

3

Release of the wrong body

0

5

2

5

15

10

15

Removal of tissue from a body without authorisation or consent

0

0

0

0

0

6

1

Serious security breach

1

2

0

1

8

10

8

Viewing of the wrong body

0

1

1

0

3

5

9

PM cross-sectional imaging of the body of a deceased person included an invasive procedure for which consent had not been given

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Any incident not listed here that could result in adverse publicity that may lead to damage in public confidence

3

6

1

1

21

38

28

Total
22
38
21
24
138
146
149

You can find the latest quarterly reports detailing the nature and volume of the incidents below:

Last updated on: 15 Oct 2020