Guidelines for the facilities and operation of hospital and forensic mortuaries

11. Organ and tissue retention and disposal

Page last updated: 2004

11.1 Compliance with Guidelines

11.1.1
The retention and disposal of organs and tissues used for diagnosis, research or educational purposes must comply with all Australian Government, state or territory and institutional requirements governing such practices.
11.1.2
Records shall be kept of organs and tissues retained for microscopic or other examination after completion of the autopsy.

11.2 Disposal Arrangements

11.2.1
Organs and tissues for disposal following a hospital autopsy should be disposed of in accordance with the wishes of the next of kin and in compliance with institutional policies and relevant statutory guidelines.
11.2.2
Organs and tissues for disposal following a forensic autopsy should be disposed of in accordance with the directions of the appropriate authority.

11.3 Blocks and Slides

Blocks and slides should be retained for the minimum period prescribed by NPAAC and should be stored in facilities which minimise their deterioration.




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