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The majority of licensed establishments in the Anatomy sector reported that they have good quality management and governance systems in place. 36 establishments reported that they regularly undertake traceability audits.
In the previous round of compliance updates, 14 establishments indicated they used fresh frozen material. In the 2017 update, this number increased to 19.
We found that there is a range of ‘relevant material’ being stored and used across Anatomy establishments (Figure 5). The most common specimens are:
Seven of the 37 (14%) Anatomy establishments do not undertake any preservation on site. We found that a range of methods are undertaken at the remaining 30 establishments, with most establishments utilising several different methods for preserving bodies and tissue (Figure 4).
The compliance data shows that Anatomy establishments can vary quite widely in the number of donated bodies they receive each year (Figure 3). For example:
In addition to storing material for anatomical examination, education, and training, 15 (41%) of establishments reported that they store relevant material for research studies ‘in connection with disorders, or the functioning of the human body’, another ‘scheduled purpose’ under the Human Tissue...
Figure 2. The number of establishments that either loan material or do not loan material
The majority of Anatomy establishments are licensed as a single facility; a small number have satellite sites (Figure 1).