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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...
This brief guide provides information about post mortem examinations which do not require the body to be opened. These use the same types of imaging equipment used to examine the living, for example patients with cancer, referred to as cross-sectional imaging. Please click on the link below to...
On the 25 March 2015 the HTA published guidance aimed at professionals who work with women who have experienced a pregnancy loss or termination. The guidance sets out what is expected and how women should be involved in decision making about the sensitive handling of pregnancy remains.
For some purposes, including post mortem examinations, appropriate consent can be given by someone in a ‘qualifying relationship’ to the deceased immediately before their death. Please see further details in the Codes of Practice for each sector.
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.
The definition of relevant material in the Act is:
Section 53: Relevant material:
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...