Department of Health

Victoria's Human Tissue Act 1982 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 practice (available from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine 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. 

The Human Tissue Act is available from the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website. 

Reviewed 12 February 2016


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