Rights and Duties Relating to Cemeteries, Human Bodies and Anatomical Gifts

ORS 97.180
Period within which body may not be used or dismembered

An institution that receives a body pursuant to ORS 97.170 (Disposition of unclaimed body of deceased person) and that intends to use the body for ongoing research may properly preserve the body upon receipt for anatomical purposes, but may not use or dismember the body for at least 30 days after receipt. If a relative or friend of the deceased person claims the body within the 30 days specified in this section, the institution with custody of the body shall release the body to a funeral establishment licensed under ORS 692.146 (Application for funeral establishment or immediate disposition company license) on behalf of the relative or friend. [Amended by 2015 c.651 §2]
Chapter 97

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Embalming dead human body without prior authorization from surviving spouse or next of kin, (1981) Vol 41, p 457


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