It was reported at the end of August that post-mortem examinations had been suspended at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff following suspension of its Human Tissue Authority (HTA) licenses. The HTA stated that it took the decision after inspectors found serious shortcomings in operating policies and procedures, premises, facilities and equipment.

Reports suggest that concerns arose because of alleged failures to obtain consent to remove organs and tissue from bodies being examined and the disposal of organs and tissue. We understand that following significant improvements on the part of the trust the HTA has reinstated the licenses.

The case serves as a timely reminder to trusts to ensure that their policies and procedures relating to removal, storage and disposal of tissue and organs are up to date and being followed.