The Scottish Executive is to seek the views of the public on the retention of organs after post-mortem examinations. A review group, set up by Scottish health minister Susan Deacon and chaired by Professor Sheila McLean, is investigating previous practice in relation to hospital post-mortems and post-mortems required by law. Hospital post-mortems are carried out in cases where health professionals think it would be helpful to study the causes of death in more detail, but relatives' permission must be obtained. Post-mortems required by law are on the instructions of the procurator fiscal to establish the cause of death, and do not require the consent of relatives.