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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.
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This publication has reviewed and analysed data collected from licensed establishments through the biennial compliance submissions, incident reports and inspections during the year to 31 March 2018, the first year following the introduction of the new HTA standards for the PM sector.
Consent underpins the Human Tissue Act (2004) (HT Act). This section explains the consent exemptions from the Act.
This position statement outlines guidance provided on consent for post-mortem examination and tissue retention.
Winter can be an especially challenging time of year for health services. For mortuaries, higher numbers of deaths can pose problems if adequate numbers of refrigerated storage spaces are unavailable.
As part of our response to the coronavirus outbreak, we have produced guidance and key information to support professionals working at HTA licensed establishments.