[CG] GGC fetal tissue policy


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This document is to provide guidance on the handling and disposal of tissue which contains, or potentially contains, fetal tissue of up to 24 weeks gestation.

This includes:
• Medical Termination of Pregnancy tissue
• Surgical Termination of Pregnancy tissue
• Ectopic Pregnancy tissue
• Any tissue from an Early Pregnancy Loss
• Fetuses of less than 24 weeks gestation where there has been a Post Mortem Examination
• Retained products of conception specimens

Our aim is to ensure that all fetal tissue is handled appropriately and disposed of respectfully. This has been defined as Communal Cremation with agreement of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The purpose of this document is to provide guidance and clarity as to the appropriate examination of tissue and the paperwork which is required to allow this examination and disposal.


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Last reviewed: 01 April 2015

Next review: 30 September 2021

Author(s): Dr Gareth Bryson, Consultant Pathologist, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital; Dr James Robins, Consultant Obstetrician, Inverclyde Royal Hospital.

Version: Version 2

Approved By: Authorised by Dr Gareth Bryson