2010 Pennsylvania Code
Title 20 - DECEDENTS, ESTATES AND FIDUCIARIES
Chapter 86 - Anatomical Gifts
8611 - Persons who may execute anatomical gift.
SUBCHAPTER B EXPRESS ANATOMICAL GIFTS Sec. 8611. Persons who may execute anatomical gift. 8612. Persons who may become donees; purposes for which anatomical gifts may be made. 8613. Manner of executing anatomical gifts. 8614. Delivery of document of gift. 8615. Amendment or revocation of gift. 8616. Rights and duties at death. 8617. Requests for anatomical gifts. 8618. Voluntary contribution system (Repealed). 8619. Use of driver's license or identification card to indicate organ or tissue donation. 8620. Police and emergency personnel responsibilities. 8621. The Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund contributions. 8622. The Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund. 8623. Confidentiality requirement. 8624. Prohibited activities. § 8611. Persons who may execute anatomical gift. (a) General rule.--Any individual of sound mind and 18 years of age or more may give all or any part of his body for any purpose specified in section 8612 (relating to persons who may become donees; purposes for which anatomical gifts may be made), the gift to take effect upon death. Any agent acting under a power of attorney which authorizes the agent to make anatomical gifts may effectuate a gift for any purpose specified in section 8612. Any individual who is a minor and 16 years of age or older may effectuate a gift for any purpose specified in section 8612, provided parental or guardian consent is deemed given. Parental or guardian consent shall be noted on the minor's donor card, application for the donor's learner's permit or driver's license or other document of gift. A gift of the whole body shall be invalid unless made in writing at least 15 days prior to the date of death or consent is obtained from the legal next of kin. Where there are adult children of the deceased who are not children of the surviving spouse, their consent shall also be required for a gift of the whole body for anatomical study. (b) Others entitled to donate anatomy of decedent.--Any of the following persons, in order of priority stated, when persons in prior classes are not available at the time of death, and in the absence of actual notice of contrary indications by the decedent or actual notice of opposition by a member of the same or a prior class, may give all or any part of the decedent's body for any purpose specified in section 8612: (1) The spouse. (2) An adult son or daughter. (3) Either parent. (4) An adult brother or sister. (5) A guardian of the person of the decedent at the time of his death. (6) Any other person authorized or under obligation to dispose of the body. (c) Donee not to accept in certain cases.--If the donee has actual notice of contrary indications by the decedent or that a gift by a member of a class is opposed by a member of the same or a prior class, the donee shall not accept the gift. The persons authorized by subsection (b) may make the gift after or immediately before death. (d) Examinations.--A gift of all or part of a body authorizes any examination necessary to assure medical acceptability of the gift for the purposes intended. (e) Rights of donee paramount.--The rights of the donee created by the gift are paramount to the rights of others except as provided by section 8616(d) (relating to rights and duties at death). (June 18, 1998, P.L.529, No.74, eff. imd.; Oct. 12, 1999, P.L.422, No.39, eff. 60 days) 1999 Amendment. Act 39 amended subsec. (a). See section 13(7) of Act 39 in the appendix to this title for special provisions relating to applicability. Cross References. Section 8611 is referred to in sections 305, 8613, 8616, 8617, 8641 of this title.
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