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Human bodies are used to teach students and to train surgeons and other healthcare professionals. We license and inspect organisations, such as medical schools, that carry out these activities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Living donation of bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cells
We regulate, through an independent assessment process, the donation of organs from living people across the UK.
Organs – including kidneys, liver, lung and pancreas - are transplanted into patients to save and improve the quality of life.
A post-mortem examination is a study of a body after death, usually carried out if the cause of death is unknown, sudden or unexpected, and ordered by a coroner.
Human bodies and body parts may be put on public display, in exhibitions and museums. In the UK, any person wanting to donate their body for display must give their consent while still alive.
Human tissue can be studied to improve our understanding of health and disease. We want to see good research thrive in the UK. We believe that good regulation supports good science, which in turn leads to improved healthcare. The term ‘research’ is often used to mean a wide range of activities...