Donation of body to medical science | Oxfordshire County Council

Donation of body to medical science

What to do if the deceased asked for their body to be donated to medical science.

In this case, you need to contact the local department of human anatomy to see if they are willing to accept the body, and if not, if there is anywhere else willing to accept the donation.

See details on the Human Tissue Authority website.

The hospital or doctor will normally help arrange this.

How long the body is kept

The body is normally kept for up to three years and then burial / cremation arrangements discussed with the family / representative of the deceased.

Registering the death

Please note that the death will still need to be registered in the usual way.

Last reviewed
26 June 2018

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