The Report of The Royal Liverpool Children's Inquiry
In December 1999 an Inquiry Panel was appointed to investigate
the removal, retention and disposal of human organs and tissues
following post mortem examination at The Royal Liverpool Children's
- Summary & Recommendations as:
- full text HTML
- Welsh language PDF
- Full Report as PDF
Membership of the Inquiry
Mr Michael Redfern QC, (Chairman)
Dr Jean Keeling
Consultant Paediatric Pathologist, Royal Hospital for Sick Children,
Mrs Elizabeth Powell
Chief Officer, Liverpool (Central & Southern) Community Health Council
Terms of Reference
- To inquire into the circumstances leading to the removal, retention
and disposal of human tissue, including organs and body parts,
from children at the Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust (and
its predecessor NHS organisations) who have undergone post mortem.
- To inquire into the extent to which the Human Tissue Act 1961
has been complied with
- To examine professional practice and management action and systems,
including what information, and in what form was given to the
children's parents, or where relevant, other family members, in
respect of the removal, retention and disposal of tissue.
- To examine the role of the NHS and other persons or bodies involved.
- To consider such other issue relating to the above matters as
- To report to Secretary of State by end of March 2000 and make
such recommendations as are appropriate
- These terms of reference
exclude tissue and organs removed with consent for transplant
- The reporting deadline was
extended by Secretary of State in the light of early findings
and the need for further detailed investigation
- Report of a Census of Organs & Tissues Retained by Pathology
Services in England Conducted in 2000 by the Chief Medical Officer.
- The Removal, Retention and Use of Human Organs and Tissue from
Post Mortem Examination. Advice from the Chief Medical Officer.
- Consent to Organ & Tissue Retention at Post Mortem Examination
and Disposal of Human Material. A Report by Gillian Elam, Qualitative
Social Policy Research, December 2000.
The Report of The Royal Liverpool Children's Inquiry is published by The Stationery Office.