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New guidance and FAQs to help improve body donation information to support informed consent.
The definition of relevant material in the Act is:
Section 53: Relevant material:
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.
The Human Tissue Act 2004 permits, with consent, the donation of whole bodies for anatomical examination. It also allows for the storage and anatomical examination of a body, provided that it is carried out by or under the direction of a Designated Individual.
This page has been updated. The HTA (A) forms and online database have been removed as they are no longer in use.
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).