The physician providing clinical care for the patient is responsible for obtaining the consent for autopsy from the next of kin. Documentation of consent is required in writing, by telephone recording or telegram from an authorized individual.

The Office of Decedent Affairs 916-734-2885 or 916-734-3393 is responsible for coordinating autopsy consent between the next of kin and the treating physician, and for notifying the pathology resident and faculty member when consent is obtained.

The Attending Pathologist must review and sign the consent for autopsy before the start of the autopsy.