This document provides guidelines for pathologists, mortuary staff and hospital and health administrators on recommended standards for mortuary facilities in hospitals and forensic settings and for communication between staff involved in autopsy procedures or autopsy-related processes and the relatives of deceased persons and other appropriate persons.

As this document provides guidance on all types of mortuary facilities and operation, some aspects may not be appropriate to specific facilities, for example, body store, forensic mortuary, small hospital mortuary or teaching hospital mortuary facility. In such a facility the guidelines should only be applied to those functions undertaken by the facility.