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We are aware of a situation in the North East of England where a number of items of human tissue, retained for criminal justice and coronial purposes over the course of the last 20 years, have been kept for longer than was necessary.
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.
The HTA has updated its protocol to ensure the provision of forensic pathology services in the event of regulatory action taken in England and Wales.
This policy sets out the legal requirements of the HT Act with regard to consent for post-mortem examination, tissue retention and storage of tissue from the deceased.
The HTA held three events for the post mortem sector during March. Over 150 delegates from 70 establishments attended. They included pathologists, APTs, bereavement midwives, police officers and biomedical scientists.
Aired date: Tuesday 13 September