Human Tissue (Act)

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A UK act of parliament that covers the removal, storage, and use of relevant material from the deceased, and the storage and use of ‘relevant material’ (including teeth) from the living. It is supplemented by regulations operative from 2006. The act requires healthcare professionals to obtain patient consent if ‘relevant material’ is to be used for research, public display, transplantation, or obtaining scientific or medical information about a living person which may be relevant to any other person. Consent is specifically stated not to be required from living persons for ‘relevant material’ used for clinical audit, education, performance assessment, public health monitoring, or quality assurance.

Further reading:

Forsyth L., Woof M. The implications of the Human Tissue Act 2004 for dentistry. Br Dent J 2006;201:790–91.

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2004/20040030.htm The Human Tissue Act 2004 on the website of the Office of Public Sector Information.

Subjects: Dentistry.

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