NEW!! This Guide is now available to order as a stand-alone document from our Shop. It comes with a checklist of essential local information for consent takers.


Due to the sensitive nature of the material, some of the information in this document is likely to be upsetting and cause distress to bereaved parents and their family and friends.  

If you are a bereaved parent or family member or friend seeking information about post-mortem examination, please see our free booklet: Deciding about a post mortem examination: Information for parents

For more information and support, please call our Helpline on: 0207 436 5881. 

The Sands Guide for post mortem consent takers covers the key practical points that consent takers need to bear in mind when seeking consent or authorisation  from parents for a hospital post mortem. It is written both for staff who are new to seeking consent or authorisation, and also for experienced staff who wish to review their practice in this area.

The Guide includes preparation for taking consent, advice on what to say and how to say it,  the information to cover, and key legal issues including consent to retain organs. It also summarises the research evidence on the benefits of a post mortem following the death of a baby during pregnancy or at or after birth.

With the Guide comes a checklist of essential local information that consent takers need before they begin the discussion with parents.

You order hard copies from the Sands shop (free but with a charge for p&p). You can also download both documents from the Human Tissue Authority website.