Running a Body Donation Program

  • Andrea Porzionato
  • Veronica Macchi
  • Carla Stecco
  • Raffaele De CaroEmail author


A reduction in the time devoted to dissecting or examining prosections has been reported by many authors. However, the importance of direct dissection in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical/surgical education and training must be stressed. The availability of anatomical material, together with its correct, effective management in education/training sessions, can only be ensured by well-organized, standardized body donation programs. The main aspects to consider in setting up such programs are legal and ethical references; promotion of body donation and its ethical value; organization of trained staff, including anatomists, technicians, and administrators; facilities for the proper conservation, storage and management in education/training sessions of anatomical material; details of all main and supportive processes of the program, with particular reference to the diffusion of information and acquisition of donors’ consent. In the experience of the Body Donation Program of the University of Padova (Italy), the development of a quality management system and achievement of certification is useful in improving efficiency and quality and stimulating continual improvement.


Body Part Quality Management System Continual Improvement Quality Policy Body Donation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Porzionato
    • 1
  • Veronica Macchi
    • 1
  • Carla Stecco
    • 1
  • Raffaele De Caro
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Section of Human Anatomy, Department of Molecular MedicineUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly

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