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The Miscarriage Association have developed a suite of learning resources for professionals, informed by women and their partners who have experienced miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy, and by health professionals who care for patients with pregnancy loss.
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.
Disposal of relevant material is one of the statutory activities within the remit of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA). However, the Human Tissue Act 2004 (HT Act) does not mandate any particular method of disposal according to the type or size of the relevant material.
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.