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The brain bank involved will collect the tissue or arrange collection by a reputable courier and transfer it to their premises for processing and diagnosis. They will inform the family the donation has gone ahead and will handle all further correspondence.
The vast majority of mortuaries have a licence which allows them to store human tissue for a purpose such as research. Brain banks normally allow about two weeks before collecting a brain so that it is fully fixed before transport, but if this is problematic for any reason, brain banks can...
The HTA was asked for information on the ICT department, procurement of ICT services, generic training spending and decisions across the HTA.
The role of the HTA is to ensure that human tissue is used safely and ethically, and with proper consent. The HTA regulates, through licensing, the removal, storage and use of human tissue for scheduled purposes.
Women define their pregnancy according to their own circumstances, values, understanding and beliefs. The HTA and professionals in the field consider that any attempt to categorise the pregnancy may result in health professionals viewing the pregnancy differently from the woman involved.
Incineration of fetal tissue is not banned in Scotland, but is considered unacceptable in any circumstance. Incineration against the wishes of the woman is considered unacceptable in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The HTA has developed its guidance to operate within the current legislative...
Yes. Women undergo termination for many reasons and they should not be excluded from the range of options offered to women suffering pregnancy loss. Therefore, the guidance should be adopted by abortion clinics as well as hospitals.
It should be noted that crematoria will not accept unidentifiable fetal remains as there is no record of the consent of the woman. For these remains, sensitive incineration is the only disposal option.
Pregnancy remains at gestations not exceeding 24 weeks are not subject to the provisions of the Cremation Act or Regulations. Although it is at their discretion, most crematoria are prepared to cremate them (see question below relating to the use of consent forms).
Yes. Where the hospital’s practice is to bury/cremate remains together, the woman should be informed of this when she chooses one of these options. It should be noted that not all Cremation Authorities will agree to carry out communal or shared cremations.