2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 26 - HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Section 26:6-86 - Recipients of anatomical gift.


NJ Rev Stat § 26:6-86 (2013) What's This?

26:6-86 Recipients of anatomical gift.

10. a. An anatomical gift may be made to the following persons or entities named in the document of gift:

(1)a hospital; accredited medical school, dental school, college, or university; organ procurement organization; or other appropriate person, for research or education;

(2)subject to the provisions of subsection b. of this section, an individual designated by the person making the anatomical gift if the individual is the recipient of the part; or

(3)an eye bank or tissue bank.

b.If an anatomical gift to an individual cannot be transplanted into the individual, the part shall pass in accordance with subsection f. of this section in the absence of an express, contrary indication by the person making the anatomical gift.

c.If there is more than one purpose of an anatomical gift set forth in the document of gift but the purposes are not set forth in any priority, the gift shall be used for transplantation or therapy, if suitable. If the gift cannot be used for transplantation or therapy, the gift may be used for research or education.

d.If an anatomical gift of one or more specific parts is made in a document of gift that does not name a person or entity as described in subsection a. of this section and does not identify the purpose of the gift, the gift shall be used only for transplantation or therapy, and shall pass in accordance with subsection f. of this section.

e.If a document of gift specifies only a general intent to make an anatomical gift by words such as "donor," "organ donor," or "body donor," or by a symbol or statement of similar import, the gift shall include all parts, may be used only for transplantation or therapy, and shall pass in accordance with subsection f. of this section.

f.For the purposes of subsections b., d., and e. of this section, the following shall apply:

(1)if the part is an eye, the gift shall pass to the appropriate eye bank;

(2)if the part is tissue, the gift shall pass to the appropriate tissue bank; and

(3)if the part is an organ, the gift shall pass to the appropriate organ procurement organization as custodian of the organ.

g.An anatomical gift of an organ for transplantation or therapy, other than an anatomical gift under paragraph (2) of subsection a. of this section, shall pass to the organ procurement organization as custodian of the organ.

h.If an anatomical gift does not pass pursuant to subsections a. through g. of this section or the decedent's body or part is not used for transplantation, therapy, research, or education, custody of the body or part shall pass to the person or entity under obligation to dispose of the body or part.

i.A person or entity shall not accept an anatomical gift if the person or entity knows that the gift was not effectively made pursuant to this act or that the decedent made a refusal pursuant to this act that was not revoked. For the purposes of the subsection, if a person or entity knows that an anatomical gift was made on a document of gift, the person or entity shall be deemed to know of any amendment or revocation of the gift or any refusal to make an anatomical gift on the same document of gift.

j.Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (2) of subsection a. of this section, nothing in this act shall be construed to affect the allocation of organs for transplantation or therapy.

L.2008, c.50, s.10.


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