Release of Human Tissue and Explanted Medical Devices - No Longer Applicable - Superseded by MP 0129/20 - 28 January 2020

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Description: Operational Directive and policy setting out the circumstances under which a request for the release of human tissue or an explanted medical device to an individual from a healthcare facility may be considered, and processes for such a release.

Release of Human Tissue and Explanted Medical Devices

Compliance with this Operational Directive is mandatory for all public hospitals and those private healthcare facilities contracted to provide services to public patients.

The Department of Health does not support the release of human tissue or explanted medical devices due to the potential public health risks associated with uncontrolled clinical waste transport, storage and disposal processes. However, under certain circumstances, consideration may be given to individual requests.

This Operational Directive describes the minimum policy and procedural requirements to be followed by Western Australian (WA) healthcare facilities when considering a request for the release of human tissue or explanted medical devices. Implementation of the Operational Directive must be within the context of the following policy for the Release of Human Tissue and Explanted Medical Devices 2012.

The scope of the policy addresses requests for the release of human tissue or devices removed from an individual’s body. The policy does not cover human tissue or organs intended for donation either during the lifetime of a person or following their death, as regulated by the Human Tissue and Transplant Act 1982


Kim Snowball
DIRECTOR GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA

Date of effect: 01 November 2012 to 28 January 2020

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