Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Types of material used

We found that there is a range of ‘relevant material’ being stored and used across Anatomy establishments (Figure 6). A comparison with the data submitted in 2017 suggests that the use of softfix embalmed bodies has increased (Figure 7), although we did not specifically ask about the use of softfix embalmed bodies previously.  The most common specimens are:

  • bones or skeletons;
  • potted specimens; and,
  • embalmed bodies.

21 Anatomy establishments (55%) stated that in addition to human tissue, they also store animal tissue for research and teaching purposes. This is consistent with the findings in 2017.


Key findings from the Anatomy sector
Last updated on: 7 Jul 2020