File of Guidance and Updates from the Retained Organs Commission to NHS Trusts

Scope and Content

Consists of guidance and information updates, based on consultations, setting out advice for all NHS Trusts relating to the retention and disposal of human organs and tissue.


  • Guidance with covering letter to Chief Executives of all NHS Trusts, PCTs and Strategic Health Authorities concerning how enquiries from families and relatives should be handled, dated 7 May 2003;

  • Guidance with covering letter on support for affected families, performance management and other related issues, dated 11 September 2002;

  • Information update for information and action on related issues, dated January 2002;

  • And guidance update on the return of organs and tissues for respectful disposal, dated 01 October 2001.

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