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New guidance and FAQs to help improve body donation information to support informed consent.
The HTA was asked if it held statistics on the number of bodies donated to medical schools.
Disposal of relevant material is one of the statutory activities within the remit of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA). However, the Human Tissue Act 2004 (HT Act) does not mandate any particular method of disposal according to the type or size of the relevant material.
Medical school staff are sometimes faced with the challenge of deciding whether the consent given by potential donors, often many years before their death, is valid if it contains colloquial terminology and not the specific terms stated in the Human Tissue Act 2004 (the HT Act).
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Flowchart A: Consent and the use of DNA
Flowchart B: Qualifying consent