Required Request Law Law and Legal Definition

Required request law refers to a law that mandates hospital personnel to discuss with the relatives of a deceased patient regarding the possibility of an anatomical gift. Required request law has been promulgated as a means of increasing the rate of organ harvest and alleviating the critical shortage of transplantable organs. The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act mandates a required-request law. However, this Act is not in effect in all the states. Although the federal and many state governments have passed legislation to make such requests compulsory, the efficacy of this approach has not been demonstrated.