Anatomical Gifts Act

Anatomical gift is the donation of whole or part of a human body to take effect upon or after death of the donor.  Any individual of sound mind and 18 years of age or more may donate all or any part of his body.  An anatomical gift can only be made by a document of gift signed by the donor who may designate a particular physician or surgeon to carry out the appropriate procedures.  An anatomical gift may be made by will as well. The donor can later amend or revoke an anatomical gift either orally or through a signed written statement.  Delivery of the document of gift during the lifetime of the donor is not essential to validate the gift.  The rules covering anatomical gift vary in the different states of the United States.  The related law of each state is discussed under the following state links.


Inside Anatomical Gifts Act