Guidelines for the use of bodies

Recommendations on the use of cadavers.

Existing Australian legislation on the establishment and conduct of anatomy schools has its origins in the English Anatomy Act of 1832

Consent mechanism: The same principles should apply to the giving of a dead body for anatomy teaching and practice as are recommended for the removal from dead bodies of tissue for transplant. This involves the use of the body after consent by the deceased, or if no consent or objection by the deceased is given or is known, after authorisation by hospital authorities. The hospital would be obliged first to inquire of ‘close relatives’ for objection in the manner set out earlier (‘Dead Donors’). The veto power of relatives over the wishes of a deceased person in existing legislation should be abolished, as should be the power in some legislation to use the bodies of persons dying in public institutions

Anatomy schools: The practice and teaching of anatomy should be restricted to authorised institutions

Licensing: The licensing of teachers and students is not necessary. The head of the institution should have a statutory responsibility to ensure the proper conduct of the institution, record keeping, and observance of all necessary formalities. Beyond that, licensing is not called for.

Inspectors: A system of inspection should exist to supervise the keeping of all proper records by anatomy schools.

Removal of body from place of death: There should no longer be a period which must elapse before a body may be removed from the place of death to an anatomy school.

Examination of the body: This should be conducted in a quiet, orderly and decent manner.

Disposal of the body: The anatomy school should at its own expense arrange for the ultimate decent burial or cremation of the body. It should take account of the wishes and religion of the deceased and the reasonable requirements of the relatives as expressed at the time of death.

Time limits for retention: To conform to modern teaching methods it should be lawful, with consent of the relatives, to retain a body or body parts for a long or even indefinite period.

By Ex 


~ by pcl4 on July 16, 2008.

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