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

ORS 97.970
Search for document of anatomical gift or refusal

  • duty to send document or refusal to hospital


The following persons shall make a reasonable search of an individual who the persons reasonably believe is dead or near death for a document of gift or other information identifying the individual as a donor or as an individual who made a refusal:


A law enforcement officer, firefighter, emergency medical services provider or other emergency rescuer finding the individual; and


If no other source of the information is immediately available, a hospital, as soon as practicable after the individual’s arrival at the hospital.


If a document of gift or a refusal to make an anatomical gift is located by the search required by subsection (1)(a) of this section and the individual or deceased individual to whom it relates is taken to a hospital, the person responsible for conducting the search shall send the document of gift or the refusal to the hospital.


A person is not subject to criminal or civil liability for failing to discharge the duties imposed by this section but may be subject to administrative sanctions. [2007 c.681 §11; 2011 c.703 §22]
Note: See note under 97.951 (Short title).
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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