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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).
HTA welcomed the ‘sensitive and realistic accounts’ of body donation shown in the Channel 5 series ‘Body Donors’, broadcast at 9pm on the 29 Sep and 6 October 2015.
Establishments should make an assessment of the likelihood of disease transmission from fresh frozen bodies or body parts, and take appropriate steps to minimise the risks of disease transmission to individuals handling the material.
Risks assessments should include the risks relating to premises, individuals coming into contact with fresh frozen material, practices and procedures connected with licensed activities including:
The person wishing to donate their body should be given all the information necessary to make an informed decision. Consent forms should cover consent for all possible uses of the body. Relatives should also be informed of the possible timeframe in which the body may be used before completion of...
For additional information, please see ‘Managing Infection Risks when Handling the Deceased’ issued by the HSE in July 2018 which provides further detail on infection risk
Establishments should ensure the following:
The Human Tissue Act (HT Act) makes consent the fundamental principle underpinning the lawful storage and use of human bodies, body parts and tissue from the living or the deceased, for the purposes specified in the HT Act. The consent provisions of the HT Act do not apply, however, if the...
Please be aware that body donations are affected due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
As this situation is likely to continue for an unknown period of time, donors should ensure that they have an alternative funeral plan should their body donation not be accepted.