The Human Tissue Act and the MMMP
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and
the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
are licensed by the HTA to undertake examinations of post mortem
samples submitted by clinical consultants and pathologists - the
MMMP falls within this scope. Under the license, the samples
may be retained until the examination has been completed and in
line with the sample retention policies.
It is the obligation of the requesting clinician or pathologist
to ensure that examination of samples they submit to MMMP have been
requested by the coroner or appropriate consent has been obtained
from the deceased person or their relatives.
Only the specific examinations requested by the sending
clinician or pathologist may be performed. It must be assumed
that the coroner has not asked for any other examinations to be
performed and consent has not been obtained for any other work and
so this would be outside the scope of the licence.
If additional work on samples from the deceased is thought
necessary by the medical microbiologist or virologist they must
obtain written confirmation of consent from the sending
All relevant material is stored securely and under conditions
which maintain the integrity of the sample if possible and
confidentiality is maintained in compliance with Caldicott
principles as are all samples received into the Partnership.
Following processing, relevant material is only retained for the
period of time specified by the retention policy. It may also be
retained if it is likely to be of value for research under research
ethics committee approval. Residual relevant material once outside
of the retention policies must be discarded sensitively.
If the sender of relevant material requests tests not performed
by the MMMP or a PHE Reference Laboratory the sending clinician or
pathologist may request the return of the material.