Alder Hey Inquiry

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Alder Hey Inquiry

A UK inquiry which involved the unauthorised removal, retention, and disposal of human tissue from babies and infants, largely under pathologist Professor Dick van Velzen at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, from 1988 to 1995. A public inquiry found that more than 2000 organs had been taken from more than 850 children without the parents’ authorisation. The resulting scandal led to the Human Tissue Act 2004, resulted in an overhaul in legislation regarding the handling of human tissues in the UK, and created the Human Tissue Authority.
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