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These glossary definitions are specific to Section 45 of the Human Tissue Act 2004 which deals with consent and the use of DNA. This glossary should only be referred to if this section of the Human Tissue Act 2004 is being considered.
The HTA's Histopathology Working Group highlighted the need for guidance to licensed mortuaries on how to formalise agreements with funeral directors. The HTA selected an agreement between Bristol City Council and a contractor as an example of best practice in drafting such an agreement.
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.
A pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that spreads through human populations across a large region; for instance a continent, or even worldwide. Pandemics can cause high levels of mortality.
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 describes the HTA’s policy on the management and traceability of tissue samples retained by independent pathologists when undertaking post mortem examinations (PME) at HTA-licensed premises where they are not employed.
The aims of this policy are:
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This position statement outlines guidance provided on consent for post-mortem examination and tissue retention.
The HTA defines public display as an exhibition, show or display in which the body of a deceased person or relevant material which has come from the body of a deceased person is used for the purpose of being exposed to view by the public.