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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).
This publication has reviewed and analysed data collected from licensed establishments through the biennial compliance submissions, incident reports and inspections during the year to 31 March 2018, the first year following the introduction of the new HTA standards for the PM sector.
The Premises, Facilities and Equipment standards include storage arrangements for bodies and maintenance of the premises and equipment to ensure dignity of the deceased is maintained. 164 shortfalls out of 59 inspections were identified.
The Traceability standards cover the systems and records for the traceability of bodies and tissue and disposal. Out of 59 inspections 66 shortfalls were identified under this standard, 28 of these were under standard T1(c) in relation to the requirement for three identifiers to be used....