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If the deceased person has not indicated their consent (or refusal) to post mortem removal, storage or use of their body or tissue for scheduled purposes, nor appointed a nominated representative, then the appropriate consent can be given by someone in a ‘qualifying relationship’ to the deceased...
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.
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.
This position statement outlines guidance provided on consent for post-mortem examination and tissue retention.
Consent underpins the Human Tissue Act (2004) (HT Act). This section explains the consent exemptions from the Act.