The Anatomical Quality Assurance (AQUA) Checklist was developed to improve the quality of reporting of anatomical studies. The checklist presents 29 items that should be addressed by authors of studies reporting original anatomical data. It was designed to help authors report their work in a comprehensive and systematic way with minimum ambiguity. Users of the checklist should be aware that it is not designed as a tool for assessing the quality of anatomical studies.

The face validity of the checklist was assessed using a Delphi panel which consisted of renowned anatomists from around the world. The final version of the checklist is available below and on the Resources page.

Authors of original anatomical studies should complete the AQUA Checklist after their manuscript has been drafted, by filling in the manuscript page numbers corresponding to each item. If an item is not reported in or applicable to their study, the authors may write "NA" (Not Applicable) in the page number box. Authors should submit the completed checklist form as a supplement to their manuscript. The steering committee strongly feels that the checklist is an evolving guideline requiring continual appraisal and modification. As such, we welcome any comments, feedback, or recommendations from the scientific community to improve it.

The AQUA Checklist is registered with the Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research (EQUATOR) Network and is officially endorsed by The Federative International Committee for Scientific Publications (FICSP) of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA).