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This policy document is part of a response submitted by the Progress Educational Trust (PET) to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics' Consultation on Human Bodies in Medicine and Research.

What part should family members play in deciding whether bodily material may be used after death where the deceased person's wishes are known? Should family members have any right of veto?

Where a deceased person's wishes are known, their family has no legitimate part to play in deciding whether their bodily material may be used after death, and should certainly not have any right of veto.