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The Anatomy (Northern Ireland) Order 1992

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Lawful possession

8.—(1) Paragraph (2) applies if a person, in expressing a request as mentioned in Article 6(1), has given permission for possession of parts (or any specified parts) of his body to be held after its anatomical examination is concluded.

(2) If the person lawfully in possession of the body after death has no reason to believe that the permission was withdrawn, he may, in giving authority under Article 6(2), give authority for possession to be held in accordance with the permission.

(3) Without prejudice to paragraph (2), the person lawfully in possession of a body may, in giving authority under Article 6(3), give authority for possession of parts (or any specified parts) of the body to be held after its anatomical examination is concluded if, having made such reasonable inquiry as may be practicable, he has no reason to believe—

(a)that the deceased, either in writing at any time or orally in the presence of 2 or more witnesses during his last illness, had expressed an objection to such possession being held, and had not withdrawn it, or

(b)that the surviving spouse or any surviving relative of the deceased objects to such possession being held.

(4) It is lawful by virtue of this Article to have possession of part of a body if possession is held in accordance with an authority given in pursuance of this Article.

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