In medicine, the use of embalmed bodies is essential for studying anatomy and for training surgical skills. Almost all embalming fluids worldwide in use contain formalin and phenol. Fixation with formaldehyde hardens the tissue and decreases flexibility. Phenol seems to have a negative effect on tissue colour differentiation. Both are hazardous substances which conditions of use and disposal routes are strictly regulated. As the anatomical community is more aware of the occupational risks involved and of the high costs to reduce levels of exposure, the interest for low-hazardous alternatives grows.

Furthermore, in surgical training there is a growing demand for embalmed cadavers with lifelike morphology as a safer and more durable alternative for fresh (frozen) cadavers. The “Fix for Life” method provides in well-preserved cadavers with lifelike morphology for education and training uses in medicine without the risk of exposure to pathogens when using fresh (frozen) cadavers or to toxic levels of formaldehyde and phenol when applying conventional embalming methods.


  • Lifelike colour.
  • Body shows mild bleeding capacities.
  • Joints and tissues are flexible.
  • Better look, feel, and smell than fresh-frozen.
  • No risks of exposure to phenol, high concentrations of formaldehyde, and pathogens.
  • Bodies suitable for practising Minimal Invasive Surgery like laparoscopic and endoscopic techniques.
  • The slowly fading blood colour during prolonged dissection practice can be completely restored by submerging the body in F4L immersion fluid.


Liver Hematoxylin / Eosin

Liver – Hematoxylin / Eosin

Muscle Tropomysoin

Muscle – Tropomyosin

Nerve Myelin Basic Protein / Tyrosine Hydroxylase / DAPI

Nerve – Myelin Basic Protein / Tyrosine Hydroxylase / DAPI


  • All Fix for Life products are phenol-free!
  • Formaldehyde concentration in preservation fluid less than 0.2%.
  • Formaldehyde added to embalming mixture less than 0.3% of body weight.
  • Bodies are suitable for dissection during several days or weeks.
  • Bodies can be stored at ambient temperature in immersion bath or after one month immersion in vacuum sealed bags. No cooling is needed.
  • Immersion fluid contains less than 5% of solid chemicals and liquid chemicals.