Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology

Publications & Resources

AAPT Guidance

AAPT Strategy 2021-25

Working with Deceased Friends and Family 
Property & Valuables
European Working Time Directive
Social Media and Media Engagement
Members Disciplinary Policy

Royal College of Pathologists Autopsy Guidelines Series

The College autopsy guidelines are technical documents which have been written as an aid for practising pathologists carrying out a coroners post mortem. As such this guidance may contain some distressing information and is not intended for friends and relatives of the deceased. Detailed information on post mortem for members of the public can be found here and on the Human Tissue Authority website.

Human Tissue Authority (HTA)

HTA Post-Mortem Sector

Release of the wrong body incidents in the post mortem sector

Guidance on traceability procedures of the deceased

Test your knowledge on HTA legislation!

HTA Codes of Practice and Standards

The Sands perinatal post mortem consent package

UK Transition Guidance  

Guidance on contingency storage arrangements for the deceased

Post mortem HTA reportable incidents (HTARIs)

Inspection guidance  

Health and Safety

Managing infection risks when handling the deceased - Guidance for the mortuary, post-mortem room and funeral premises, and during exhumation

Preventing slips and trips at work - A brief guide

Slips and trips hazard spotting checklist

Personal protective equipment (PPE) at work

The health and safety toolbox - How to control risks at work

EH40/2005 Workplace exposure limits

Risk assessment - A brief guide to controlling risks in the workplace

Death Certificates and Cremation Forms Information

The national medical examiner system

Completing a medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD) (England & Wales)

Cremation Forms (England & Wales)

Death Certification in Scotland (and Abroad)

Death Certification (Scotland) Guidance for the Funeral Industry

Reporting Deaths to Coroner/Procurator Fiscal

Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019 guidance(England & Wales)

Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service

Reporting Deaths to the Procurator Fiscal

Bereavement Guidance

Support Around Death-NHS Education for Scotland website aims to support healthcare staff who are working with patients, carers and families before, at, and after death. It provides key information on the clinical, legislative, and practical issues involved.

What to do when someone dies: step by step

Death abroad - bereavement packs

What to do after a death in Scotland

Death and end of life (Scotland)

Support after someone may have died by suicide

Supporting LGBT+ people around bereavement

LGBTQ Queer Funeral Guide from The Good Grief Trust

Bereavement: A guide for Transsexual, Transgender people and their loved ones

Useful Links & Documents

National guidelines on learning from deaths

Centre for Death & Society

NHS Leadership Academy

Guidance for NHS trusts on working with bereaved families and carers

Care and Respect in Death Good Practice Guidance for NHS Mortuary Staff

Dying Matters Website

NHS England – End of Life care Website

End of Life Care Strategy

Actions for End of life care 2014-16

A road less lonely- Moving forward with public health approaches to death, dying and bereavement in Scotland

Disaster victim identification operations with fragmented, burnt, or commingled remains: experience-based recommendations

Osteology Plain Models (University of Dundee CAHID)