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Issued March 2010 Umbilical cord blood (cord blood) is collected at the time of birth and stored so that it may be available for potential future treatment of the child or another person.
Winter can be an especially challenging time of year for health services. For mortuaries, higher numbers of deaths can pose problems if adequate numbers of refrigerated storage spaces are unavailable.
This document is designed to provide you with information about the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) inspection process, so that you and your staff can prepare for an HTA inspection.
If the deceased person has not indicated their consent (or refusal) to post mortem removal, storage or use of their body or tissue for scheduled purposes, nor appointed a nominated representative, then the appropriate consent can be given by someone in a ‘qualifying relationship’ to the deceased...
With the interests of the public and those we regulate at the centre of our work, we aim to maintain confidence by ensuring that human tissue is used safely and ethically, and with proper consent.
The HTA held three events for the post mortem sector during March. Over 150 delegates from 70 establishments attended. They included pathologists, APTs, bereavement midwives, police officers and biomedical scientists.
Coding and Import Directives for Tissues and Cells are being put into place in order to implement a single European coding system. This will verify equivalent standards of quality and safety for imported tissues and cells.
EU Directives are being put in place for the coding and import of tissues and cells for human application (HA). These will be transposed into UK law during 2016 and the process of writing the UK Regulations is underway.Copies of these Directives and an overview from the Department of Health (DH...