Whole-bodies, or human cadavers, are of great value for medical education and science. The process of body donation and its regulation is, however, questionable. The Dutch legal framework is not sufficient. For example, the collaboration of anatomy departments with industry is not covered by existing regulations. Also, it is unclear what should be done in case of unexpected findings. Moreover, consent in whole-body donation does not meet specific conditions for informed consent. It takes the form of 'broad consent', allowing for unspecified use of the bodies. A monitoring system concerning the use for a specific educational program or research falls is absent. Therefore, we propose to develop a Code of Conduct and an adequate system of monitoring.
|Translated title of the contribution||Whole-body donation in the Netherlands: Current regulations and suggestions for improvement|
|Journal||Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde|
|Publication status||Published - 29 Oct 2020|