California Revocation of Anatomical Gift Act Law

Uniform Anatomical Gift – General – California

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A “document of gift” is a card, a statement attached to or imprinted on a motor vehicle operator’s or chauffeur’s license, a will, or other writing used to make an anatomical gift.

A donor may amend or revoke an anatomical gift, not made by will, only by one or more of the following:
(1) A signed statement.
(2) An oral statement made in the presence of two individuals or by means of a tape recording in the donor’s own voice.
(3) Any form of communication during a terminal illness or injury addressed to a physician or surgeon.
(4) The delivery of a signed statement to a specified done to whom a document of gift had been delivered.

The donor of an anatomical gift made by will may amend or revoke the gift in the manner provided for amendment or revocation of wills.

An anatomical gift that is not revoked by the donor before death is irrevocable and does not require the consent or concurrence of any person after the donor’s death.

An individual may refuse to make an anatomical gift of the individual’s body or part by a writing signed in the same manner as a document of gift, a statement attached to or imprinted on a donor’s motor vehicle operator’s or chauffeur’s license, or any other writing used to identify the individual as refusing to make an anatomical gift. During a terminal illness or injury, the refusal may be an oral statement or other form of communication.

In the absence of contrary indications by the donor, an anatomical gift of a part is neither a refusal to give other parts nor a limitation on an anatomical gift under Section 7151 or on a removal or release of other parts under Section 7151.5.

In the absence of contrary indications by the donor, a revocation or amendment of an anatomical gift is not a refusal to make another natomical gift. If the donor intends a revocation to be a refusal to make an anatomical gift, the donor shall make the refusal.

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