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Report of the Working Group on Post Mortem Practice

Annual Report 2012The Madden Report into Post Mortem Practice and Procedure (2005)1 stated that consideration should be given to the implementation of the recommendations made in the Report to other post mortems2, namely those carried out on babies who died before or during birth, minors and adults. It was acknowledged that while many of the recommendations in the Report may apply generically to all categories of post-mortem examinations, these post mortems also raise distinct legal and ethical issues that were not within the Terms of Reference of the Madden Report. The Report advised that a Working Group be established to ensure that appropriate adaptation in relation to those issues takes place.

The terms of reference were:

  • To consider the application of the recommendations in the Madden Report on Post Mortem Practice and Procedure, to babies who died before or during birth, minors and adults.
  • To report and make recommendations within a six-month timeframe on policy and legislative modifications in relation to post mortems on babies who died before or during birth, minors and adults

Read the report (PDF, 117kb)