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The IFAA is committed to developing guidelines to support equality and diversity. The Federation, and its member associations, do not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, race, colour, national origin or religion. The Federation is further committed to learning from the past to ensure that the future is more equitable. We encourage open dialogue on matters of equality and diversity in order to enable a future without bigotry or prejudice for all anatomists and all others who have cause to use the anatomical sciences.


FICEM Statement on public dissection of a body donor

Please find the statement here 


Queries: IFAA.PEAP@gmail.com


IFAA Statement on COVID-19 and body Donors

‘Human dissection has long been the ‘gold standard’ for teaching and research in the anatomical sciences. Anatomists rely on the altruism of individuals to donate their bodies so that health sciences professionals in training can continue to be privileged by experiencing the structural details of the human body. We thus continue to be extremely grateful to those individuals who donate their bodies.  For the process of body donation to be accepted by the donors and the public, it is imperative that high ethical standards prevail.  Under these conditions, numerous body donor programmes have been achieved around the world.  The best practice guidelines of the IFAA (www.ifaa.net) present recommendations for the ethical sourcing and use of human bodies.

During outbreaks of infectious diseases, the sourcing of bodies and continuance of donor programmes comes under stress. Numerous guidelines have been produced by organisations and governments during the present novel coronavirus pandemic, which will be of great use to anatomists who facilitate donor programmes. The IFAA has summarised current information on important aspects of the handling of bodies during the coronavirus pandemic in order to provide information to its constituent members. It stresses the importance of scientific evidence, which should be the guiding principle wherever available.

The following refers to the handling of the dead body in the context of anatomy.’ (…)

Please find the IFAA best practice guidelines for body donation programmes during the novel Coronavirus pandemic document here 

Contributors to the Guidelines: Beverley Kramer, Brendon Billings, Bernard Moxham and Andreas Winkelmann

The Proceedings of the 19th IFAA Congress, 9th-11th August 2019, London, UK
have been published

Abstracts of the presentations made at the 19th IFAA Congress have now been published in the Journal of Anatomy.  They are available Open Access online (Volume 236, supplement1) and can be accessed via Wiley Online Library (WOL) or directly via:


Professor D. Ceri Davies 
President of the 19th IFAA Congress.

Human health and disease have become more complex over the last millennium.  Many of the crucial discoveries and innovations in relation to health have, as their basis, the foundations of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry.  The anatomical sciences, which include cell biology, histology, morphology (including clinical anatomy), neurosciences, developmental biology, oral biology, veterinary sciences, physical anthropology and other allied disciplines, are now more relevant than ever before, not only as the foundation for knowledge of the clinical sciences, but also for production of high-quality biomedical research.

The International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA), which was established in 1903, is the professional domicile of Associations of Anatomy from around the globe (please also read our About-page for additional information and narrated slides).  It seeks to stimulate friendship and cooperation among members of associations of anatomists and encourages scientific, technological, educational and administrative exchanges among anatomists worldwide.  The IFAA provides a platform for strong scientific debate, advancement of teaching and biomedical research in the anatomical disciplines and a venue, through its programmes and committees, for discussions on the development of core syllabuses, educational and biomedical research, ethics, equality and diversity in the anatomical sciences and other relevant issues. The Federation also coordinates and supports the preparation, revision and publication of documents on the terminology of the anatomical sciences and promotes international scientific congresses and other meetings of anatomical and morphological sciences.

The vision of the IFAA is to generate vibrant scientific exchange and development between its member Associations in all areas of the anatomical sciences.

As our mission, we seek to encourage the growth of teaching and research in all fields of anatomy, maintain high standards and ethical values in the use of human bodies for teaching and research, and develop policies in support of the discipline of anatomy.