Discipline - Anatomical pathology
Post-mortem examination
Facility level:
Assay formats
Macroscopic assessment and microscopy of tissue sections; Procedures selected case by case
Status history
First added in 2019
Changed in 2020
Purpose type
To determine the cause of death and correlation with pre-mortem clinical features and investigations
Specimen types
Tissue from cadaver
WHO supporting documents
International guidelines for the determination of death – Phase I https://www.who.int/patientsafety/montreal-forum-report.pdf

Summary of SAGE IVD recommendation

General In vitro diagnostics tests are the general core and routine laboratory tests for clinical chemistry, haematology, blood transfusion, microbiology (virology, bacteriology, parasitology and mycology) and histopathology. These tests were selected on the basis of the scientific validity of an analyte, i.e. the association between an analyte and a clinical condition or physiological state; and clinical utility. Many of these tests are required for effective management of patients and have already been described in WHO publications.

Details of submission from 2020

The inclusion of this entry was based on WHO guidelines and technical reports that include recommendations for the appropriate IVDs.