2021 Colorado Code
Title 15 - Probate, Trusts, and Fiduciaries
Article 19 - Treatment of Human Bodies After Death
Part 3 - Unclaimed Human Bodies
§ 15-19-304. Disposition of All or Any Portion of Body After Death - Nonliability

Universal Citation: CO Code § 15-19-304 (2021)
  1. A person has a right during his or her lifetime to provide for the disposition of all or any portion of his or her body upon his or her death.
  2. No cause of action for damages shall accrue to any person arising out of the removal of all or any portion of the body of any deceased person if the deceased person has, prior to the time of his or her death, executed a written consent to removal, and the person against whom the cause of action is alleged had no actual knowledge of any revocation of such consent.
  3. The anatomical board, or its duly authorized agent, is authorized to receive and distribute dead human bodies or parts thereof bequeathed or donated to it for the advancement of medical and anatomical sciences in the same manner as is now provided by law for the receipt and distribution of unclaimed dead human bodies; except that no publication of notice as required by section 15-19-303 shall be required.

History. Source: L. 2017: Entire part added with relocations,(SB 17-223), ch. 158, p. 556, § 1, effective August 9.

Editor's note:

This section is similar to former § 12-34-204 as it existed prior to 2017.


Law reviews. For article, “The Private Autopsy: Problems of Consent”, see 41 Den. L. Ctr. J. 239 (1964). For article, “Organ Donation Update”, see 13 Colo. Law. 612 (1984).

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