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This position statement outlines guidance provided on consent for post-mortem examination and tissue retention.
The Human Tissue Act 2004 requires that the removal of tissue from the deceased for research within the scope of the Act must always be licensed, on specified premises, and that specific minimum requirements are met.
The definition of relevant material in the Act is:
Section 53: Relevant material:
This document aims to provide an overview of the Human Tissue Authority’s (HTA) role in the regulation of post-mortem examination. It also aims to provide leaders of services and board members with an overview of the key strategic issues facing mortuaries and of the potential consequences when...
Since the implementation of the updated Codes of Practice and licensing standards in April 2017, there has been an increase in the amount and severity of shortfalls identified during routine site visit inspections, p
This policy describes the Human Tissue Authority’s (HTA’s) policy on the sale of human bodies, body parts and tissue.Purpose
The purpose of this policy is to inform stakeholders of the HTA’s position on the sale of human bodies, body parts or tissue.
The HTA has published guidance for hospital and mortuary staff on brain and spinal cord donation.
When someone dies it can be a distressing and confusing time for family members. In some circumstances, a post-mortem examination may be required or requested. This is an examination of a body after death and during this examination; organs and tissue samples may need to be removed for...
Since 2010, HTA-licensed establishments in the post mortem sector have been required to notify the HTA of any reportable incidents, including near misses, within five working days of the incident being discovered. Establishments must not wait until any internal review or investigation is...