Terms of Reference
The terms of reference of the Management of Deceased Individuals Harbouring Infectious Disease (MoDI) Sub-Committee are as follows:
- To review international best evidence on the risk of transmission of infections from deceased individuals harbouring or suspected of harbouring infectious diseases.
- To prepare guidelines for the management of deceased individuals harbouring infectious diseases.
- The guidelines should serve as a code of practice and provide guidance for mortuary workers; workers in the funeral industry; the public and families of the deceased; health professionals. The guidelines plan to cover the following areas:
Cadaver bags, embalming, viewing, laying out, exhumation, wakes, post-mortems, mortuary facilities, repatriation, communication, risk management incorporating risk assessment, responsibility / governance, protective clothing, standard precautions, hepatitis B vaccination, legislation. The main pathways of transmission of infection should be described and the risks associated with the major categories of infection should be outlined.
Last updated: 15th May 2007