Giving consent

Under the Human Tissue Act 2004, written and witnessed consent for anatomical examination must be given prior to death. Consent cannot be given by anyone else after your death. Having power of attorney does not qualify your relatives to make the decision to donate a body on your behalf.

If, having carefully considered the information provided, you wish to donate your body to us for anatomical examination, then you should complete a consent form.

You should sign and date the consent form in the presence of a witness, otherwise your consent will not be valid for body donation.

Two copies of the form are provided in our information pack. One should be posted to the University of Liverpool and one is for you to keep.

Request a body donation booklet and consent forms by clicking the button on the right.

Once we receive your form we’ll add you to the University of Liverpool body donation register and send a letter of confirmation.

Please note that no guarantee can be given that a bequest will be accepted at the time of death.

For information on how your personal data from the consent forms will be handled, please see the privacy notice.

Inclusion of consent in a Will

You may wish to include instructions about your bequest in a Will, though it is not necessary to do so if you have completed and returned a copy of the consent form.

Suggested wording for your Will:
It is my considered wish that, after my death, my body be donated to the University of Liverpool (or another medical school) for the purposes of medical teaching, studying or research into the structure of the human body.

Withdrawal of Consent

You are, of course, able to withdraw your consent at any time. If you wish to do this, simply destroy your copy of the completed consent form and write, email or call to let us know that you have withdrawn consent.

Please do get in touch if you have a question about body donation.

The Bequeathal Office is open -

Monday to Friday 9am till 4.30pm.
0151 794 5442


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