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The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) regulates and licenses establishments in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland where post-mortem (PM) examinations take place and tissue may be removed and stored for a number of scheduled purposes as set out in the Human Tissue Act 2004.
Our Codes of Practice and Standards provide practical guidance to professionals carrying out activities within the scope of the HTA’s remit.
Some schools and colleges store human material for use in teaching. Such specimens could include cells on a microscope slide, specimens preserved in formalin, skulls, and partial or complete skeletons.
Under the Human Tissue Act 2004 (‘the HT Act’), human material which contains cells is...
The HTA has produced a model consent form for professionals seeking consent for an adult or child's post mortem. There is also guidance for the families of the deceased.
Role of Designated Individual
Designated Individuals have a key role to play in implementing the requirements of the HT Act.
Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, have developed model consent forms, information and guidance for health professionals seeking consent for post mortems on babies who have died before, during or shortly after birth.
The HTA can provide an HTA licence for an emergency mortuary in the event of an incident.
The HTA has developed a system for doing this, working with the Home Office and other relevant bodies.
Pregnancy remains may be packaged individually in separate containers or collectively for disposal.