Department of Health

Victoria's Human Tissue Act 1982External Link regulates:

  • the removal of human tissue, such as blood and organ donation from the living
  • the donation of organs and tissue after death
  • post-mortem examinations
  • the definition of death
  • the registration of schools of anatomy
  • the prescription of tissue banks.

The Act prohibits trading in human tissue.

The National code of ethical autopsy practiceExternal Link (available on the SA Health website) was developed and endorsed by all Australian Health Ministers in April 2002. The national code includes a set of principles that act as guidelines for the conduct of coronial and non-coronial autopsies.

Reviewed 01 June 2023


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