Indiana Uniform Anatomical Gift Act Law

Uniform Anatomical Gift – General – Indiana

IC 29-2-16.1-3 Persons who may make anatomical gifts during the lifetime of a donor

An anatomical gift of a donor’s body or part may be made during the life of the donor for the purpose of transplantation, therapy, research, or education in the manner provided in section 4 of this chapter by:

(1) the donor, if the donor is an adult or if the donor is a minor and is:

(A) emancipated; or

(B) authorized under state law to apply for a driver’s license because the donor is at least sixteen (16) years of age;

(2) an agent of the donor, unless the health care power of attorney or other record prohibits the agent from making an anatomical gift;

(3) a parent of the donor, if the donor is not emancipated; or

(4) the donor’s guardian.

IC 29-2-16.1-4 Methods of making anatomical gifts

A donor may make an anatomical gift:

(1) by authorizing a statement or symbol indicating that the donor has made an anatomical gift to be imprinted on the donor’s driver’s license or identification card;

(2) in a will;

(3) during a terminal illness or injury of the donor, by any form of communication directed to at least two (2) adults, at least one

(1) of whom is a disinterested witness; or

(4) as provided in subsection (b).

A donor or other person authorized to make an anatomical gift under section 3 of this chapter may make a gift by:

(1) a donor card or other record signed by the donor or other person making the gift; or

(2) authorizing that a statement or symbol indicating that the donor has made an anatomical gift be included on a donor registry.

If the donor or other person is physically unable to sign a record, the record may be signed by another individual at the direction of the donor or other person and must:

(1) be witnessed by at least two (2) adults, at least one (1) of whom is a disinterested witness, who have signed at the request of the donor or the other person; and

(2) state that it has been signed and witnessed as provided in subdivision (1).

(d) Revocation, suspension, expiration, or cancellation of:

(1) a driver’s license; or

(2) an identification card; that indicates an anatomical gift does not invalidate the gift.

An anatomical gift made by will takes effect upon the donor’s death whether or not the will is probated. Invalidation of the will after the donor’s death does not invalidate the gift.

IC 29-2-16.1-5 Amendment or revocation of anatomical gifts

A donor or other person authorized to make an anatomical gift under section 3 of this chapter may amend or revoke an anatomical gift by:

a record signed by:

(A) the donor;

(B) the other person; or

(C) subject to subsection (b), another individual acting at the direction of the donor or the other person authorized to make an anatomical gift if the donor or other person is physically unable to sign; or a later executed document of gift that amends or revokes a previous anatomical gift or portion of an anatomical gift, either expressly or by inconsistency.

A record signed under subsection (a)(1)(C) must:

(1) be witnessed by two (2) adults, at least one (1) of whom is a disinterested witness, who are witnesses at the request of the donor or the other person authorized to make an anatomical gift; and

(2) state that the record has been signed and witnessed as described in subdivision (1).

Subject to section 7 of this chapter, a donor or other person authorized to make an anatomical gift under section 3 of this chapter may revoke an anatomical gift by the destruction or cancellation of the:

(1) document of gift; or

(2) portion of the document of gift used to make the gift; with the intent to revoke the gift.

A donor may amend or revoke an anatomical gift that was not made in a will by any form of communication during a terminal illness or injury addressed to at least two (2) adults, at least one (1) of whom is a disinterested witness. A donor who makes an anatomical gift in a will may amend or revoke the gift as described in subsection (a).

IC 29-2-16.1-9 Anatomical gift documents; amendments; revocations

A person authorized to make an anatomical gift under section 8 of this chapter may make an anatomical gift by a document or may make an anatomical gift by a document of gift signed by the person making the gift or by that person’s oral communication that is electronically recorded or is contemporaneously reduced to a record and signed by the individual receiving the oral communication.

An anatomical gift by a person authorized under section 8 of this chapter may be amended or revoked orally or in a record by any member of a prior class who is reasonably available. If more than one (1) member of the prior class is reasonably available, the gift made by a person authorized under section 8 of this chapter may be:

(1) amended only if a majority of the reasonably available members agree to the amending of the gift; or

(2) revoked only if a majority of the reasonably available members agree to the revoking of the gift or if they are equally divided as to whether to revoke the gift.

A revocation under subsection (b) is effective only if, before an incision has been made to remove a part from the donor’s body or before invasive procedures have begun to prepare the recipient, the procurement organization, transplant hospital, or physician or technician knows of the revocation.
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