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The guidance sets out that the woman’s medical notes should record whether information was provided and what the woman’s decision was, and that a record should be kept of the date and location of the disposal. This is to ensure an audit trail for the disposed of remains, should the woman make...
Tissue samples from early pregnancy loss may be sent to Histopathology for examination to identify any unusual pathology and aid diagnosis. These can be considered part of the woman’s diagnostic record and do not need to be disposed of in line with this guidance.
Service providers that are involved with the disposal of pregnancy remains should self-assess and monitor their compliance with this guidance through regular audit of relevant policies, procedures and women’s medical records.
Designated Individuals should contribute to the development of policies and procedures on the disposal of pregnancy remains, where they are handled on HTA licensed premises.
Both cremation and incineration are processes used to destroy human body parts. Cremation is used as an alternative to burial and is often associated with a religious and/or spiritual ritual. Cremation takes place within a registered crematorium under the oversight of a Registrar, and the...
Although the guidance refers to pregnancy remains rather than fetal tissue, hospitals may make a distinction when disposing of remains in circumstances where the woman prefers to leave the decision to them. For example, they may consider the gestation of the pregnancy.
The HTA was asked to provide the total number, and details, of serious adverse events and reactions reported in 2013 and 2014.
The HTA was asked to provide the total number, and details, of HTA reportable incidents in 2013 and 2014.
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...