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When a woman has decided her pregnancy remains are to be returned to her to make her own arrangements but fails to arrange to collect them, the establishment should have a policy in place to manage this.
Schedule 1 of the Human Tissue Act 2004 (the Act) sets out ‘performance assessment’ as a ‘scheduled purpose’.
An HTA licence is required if the human cellular material (‘relevant material’) to be stored for performance assessment has been removed from the deceased.
The Miscarriage Association have developed a suite of learning resources for professionals, informed by women and their partners who have experienced miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy, and by health professionals who care for patients with pregnancy loss.
Establishments should ensure the following:
The Human Tissue Act (HT Act) makes consent the fundamental principle underpinning the lawful storage and use of human bodies, body parts and tissue from the living or the deceased, for the purposes specified in the HT Act. The consent provisions of the HT Act do not apply, however, if the...
The person wishing to donate their body should be given all the information necessary to make an informed decision. Consent forms should cover consent for all possible uses of the body. Relatives should also be informed of the possible timeframe in which the body may be used before completion of...
Establishments should make an assessment of the likelihood of disease transmission from fresh frozen bodies or body parts, and take appropriate steps to minimise the risks of disease transmission to individuals handling the material.
Risks assessments should include the risks relating to premises, individuals coming into contact with fresh frozen material, practices and procedures connected with licensed activities including:
For additional information, please see ‘Managing Infection Risks when Handling the Deceased’ issued by the HSE in July 2018 which provides further detail on infection risk