Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology


Guidelines on autopsy practice: Fetal autopsy (2nd trimester fetal loss and termination of pregnancy for congenital anomaly)

The autopsy guidelines published by The Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) are guidelines that enable pathologists to deal with non-forensic consent and Coroners’ post-mortem examinations in a consistent manner and to a high standard.

The guidelines themselves constitute the tools for implementation and dissemination of good practice.

The stakeholders consulted for this document were:

  • British and Irish Paediatric Pathology Association (BRIPPA)
  • Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity (SANDS)
  • The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
  • Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC)
  • Miscarriage Association
  • Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and its Histopathology Working Group, which includes representatives from the Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology, Institute of Biomedical Science, The Coroners Society of England and Wales, the Home Office Forensic Science Regulation Unit and Forensic Pathology Unit and the British Medical Association.

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