Uniform Anatomical Gift Act-UAGA Law and Legal Definition

Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (“Act”) governs to donate some or all of a person’s body to a medical school or similar institution for the purpose of instruction in anatomy, or for similar purposes. The Act prescribes the method of making anatomical gifts. Making an anatomical gift is a separate transaction from being an organ donor, in which any useful organs are removed from the unembalmed cadaver for medical organ transplant. The Act also provides, a surviving spouse, or if there is no spouse, a list of specific relatives in order of preference, can make the gift. It also seeks to limit the liability of health care providers who act on good faith representations that a deceased patient meant to make an anatomical gift. The Act also prohibits trafficking in human organs for profit from donations for transplant or therapy.

Following is an example of the state statute (North Dakota) defining anatomical gift:

N.D. Cent. Code, § 23-06.6-01, states that anatomical gift means a donation of all or part of a human body to take effect after the donor's death for the purpose of transplantation, therapy, research, or education.