Certificate in Anatomical Bequeathal Services

The Certificate in Anatomical Bequeathal Services has been designed to document the knowledge that candidates use on a daily basis in carrying out their duties. It is aimed at Bequeathal Officers and Secretaries but can be undertaken by any member of staff with a significant role in this area.

This will be assessed by IAS approved examiners and if an appropriate grade is obtained the Certificate will be awarded. The Certificate is an excellent way to demonstrate staff training, an area inspected by the Human Tissue Authority.

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Application form

The application form will be assessed by two IAS approved examiners, and should:

  • be completed by the applicant and verified by the signature of their supervisor.
  • include the duties that are carried out on a routine basis.
  • indicate types of communication, decision making and problem-solving involved in the duties.
  • highlight how ethics and legislation affect how the duties are carried out.

Viva voce

A viva voce assessment will take place in the applicants’ work place*, conducted in a friendly manner with the intent to confirm that what is recorded on the form is what is undertaken by the applicant. Feedback of the applicants’ performance will be given on the day of the assessment.

Applicants based outside the UK may be able to have their viva voce carried out online via Skype, FaceTime or similar.  Please contact the education team for more information.


The total cost of the certificate is £200, this covers administrative and assessment expenses.

  • The initial £50 registration must be paid on submission of the application for the Certificate.
  • The remainder of £150 must be paid once the application has been processed and a date has been set for the viva voce.

If you, or anyone in your Department, feel that completing this qualification would be advantageous and you would like more information then please feel free to contact us at

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