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The Medical Council's Inspector of Anatomy

Under Section 106 of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007, the Medical Council has been designated the licensing authority under the Anatomy Act 1832.

The Council is therefore responsible for –

  1. granting a licence to practise anatomy in the State
  2. appointing inspectors of places in the State where anatomy is carried out, and
  3. accepting returns from inspectors

Professor D. Ceri Davies has been appointed as the Medical Council’s Inspector of Anatomy and will advise and assist the Medical Council in the performance of these statutory obligations under the Act; including:

  1. Advising the Council on the granting of licences
  2. Inspecting places in the State where anatomy is carried out
  3. Advising the Council on the teaching of anatomy

Professor Davies is Professor of Anatomy at Imperial College London. He has taught human anatomy to students of medicine and allied healthcare professions and to postgraduate trainees for over 25 years. During this time there have been considerable changes in the public’s attitude to donation for anatomical examination and in the teaching of anatomy.

Professor Davies served as the anatomist on the board of the UK Human Tissue Authority from 2005-10 and an author of the Anatomical Society's Core Syllabus in Anatomy. His research interests include neurodegenerative change within the brain and comparative functional neuroanatomy.

He is currently President of the Anatomical Society, Vice-President of the Institute of Anatomical Sciences and a member of the Court of Examiner’s of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Arrangements are currently being made with Professor Davies about his involvement in the Autumn round of medical school visits.