HM Inspector of Anatomy: report - August 2018-October 2019

Report by Professor Gordon Findlater, Inspector of Anatomy, detailing inspection outcomes and duties undertaken.


1. The remit of the Inspector is laid out in section 9, sub-section 2 of the Anatomy Act 1984 as amended by the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 and states:

An inspector shall be appointed –

  • to advise Scottish Ministers on the exercise of his functions under this Act;
  • to inspect premises in respect of which licences are sought under section 3(1) of the Act in order to ascertain whether the premises are suitable;
  • to examine applications for licences under the Act in order to ascertain whether the applicants are suitable;
  • To inspect premises, in order to ascertain whether any offence has been or is being committed under section 11(1) or (2) or against regulations under section 8 (as mentioned in section 11(4)).


2. Inspections were carried out at the following licensed premises:

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Dundee:
    • Centre of Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID), University of Dundee
    • Dundee Institute for Healthcare Simulation Surgical Skills Centre (DIHS), Ninewells Hospital
    • Institute for Medical Science and Technology (IMSaT), Ninewells Hospital
    • ENT Temporal Bone Laboratory, Ninewells Hospital
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • University of St Andrews



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