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Donating your body to science

What do I do if I want to donate my body after I die?

If you wish to donate your body for medical education training or research, you should make your wishes known (in writing and witnessed) before you die and inform your next of kin (and the executor of your will if this is not the same person). 

Human Tissue Authority

The Human Tissue Authority regulates the removal, storage, use and disposal of human bodies, organs and tissue from the living and deceased.

The HTA was set up to regulate the removal, storage, use and disposal of human bodies, organs and tissue for a number of Scheduled Purposes – such as research, transplantation, and education and training – set out in the Human Tissue Act 2004 (HT Act).

The HTA provides general information on body donation but does not provide detailed information on behalf of each establishment, such as body donation acceptance criteria or opening times. This kind of information can only be obtained directly from the establishment. Please note that the HTA provide contact details for medical schools.

How do I donate my body

Donating your body to science is not something that can be done through Dudley Council. Further information on how to do this is available from the following websites: