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Donating your body to a medical school is a valuable gift - your donation will become an important resource for training healthcare professionals or for research.
Flowchart A: Consent and the use of DNA
Flowchart B: Qualifying consent
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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.
Some schools and colleges store human material for use in teaching. Such specimens could include cells on a microscope slide, specimens preserved in formalin, skulls, and partial or complete skeletons.
Under the Human Tissue Act 2004 (‘the HT Act’), human material which contains cells is...
Medical school staff are sometimes faced with the challenge of deciding whether the consent given by potential donors, often many years before their death, is valid if it contains colloquial terminology and not the specific terms stated in the Human Tissue Act 2004 (the HT Act).
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Consent underpins the Human Tissue Act (2004) (HT Act). This section explains the consent exemptions from the Act.