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In consultations, Sands found that the length, detail and complexity of many current forms add to parents’ distress and makes discussion harder for consent takers. One of Sands’ aims is to provide a shorter, clearer form that guides consent takers through the discussion.
Sands found that parents found it very helpful to know that the difficult decisions they were being asked to make were not absolutely final. This reduced their anxiety and helped them focus better on their discussion.
The HTA has ruled that additional specific consent is not required to keep an organ outside the body for examination to establish the cause of death if the organ will be returned to the baby’s body before the body is repaired and released from the mortuary.
The HTA provides a wide range of staff benefits and provides an excellent working environment for our diverse group of staff. Our aim is to develop skilled and motivated people that are proud to work at the HTA and are committed to achieving our goals.
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. Once the report has been drafted it will be sent to Designated Individuals (DIs) and Licence Holders to check for factual accuracy.
The HTA will be conducting site visits according to risk. Some site visits will be based on the risk apparent in the completed application and others will be selected on a random basis to assess if they are compliant with our requirements under the HT Act.
Although the new law affecting body donation (the Human Tissue Act 2004) came into force on 1 September 2006, it allows documented and valid consent for body donation made under the old law to be honoured.