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On the 25 March 2015 the HTA published guidance aimed at professionals who work with women who have experienced a pregnancy loss or termination. The guidance sets out what is expected and how women should be involved in decision making about the sensitive handling of pregnancy remains.
The HTA has updated its protocol to ensure the provision of forensic pathology services in the event of regulatory action taken in England and Wales.
This policy sets out the legal requirements of the HT Act with regard to consent for post-mortem examination, tissue retention and storage of tissue from the deceased.
This document aims to provide an overview of the Human Tissue Authority’s (HTA) role in the regulation of post-mortem examination. It also aims to provide leaders of services and board members with an overview of the key strategic issues facing mortuaries and of the potential consequences when...
This guide can be downloaded as a PDF, which includes the appendix covering references and recommended further reading.
The HTA has produced a model consent form for professionals seeking consent for an adult or child's post mortem. There is also guidance for the families of the deceased.
Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, have developed model consent forms, information and guidance for health professionals seeking consent for post mortems on babies who have died before, during or shortly after birth.
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.