Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 194
Death--Disposition of Dead Bodies
Section 194.210

August 28, 2014


Definitions.

194.210. 1. Sections 194.210 to 194.294 may be cited as the "Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act".

2. As used in sections 194.210 to 194.294, the following terms mean:

(1) "Adult", an individual who is at least eighteen years of age;

(2) "Agent", an individual:

(a) Authorized to make health-care decisions on the principal's behalf by a power of attorney for health care; or

(b) Expressly authorized to make an anatomical gift on the principal's behalf by any other record signed by the principal;

(3) "Anatomical gift", a donation of all or part of a human body to take effect after the donor's death for the purposes of transplantation, therapy, research, or education;

(4) "Cadaver procurement organization", an entity lawfully established and operated for the procurement and distribution of anatomical gifts to be used as cadavers or cadaver tissue for appropriate education or research;

(5) "Decedent", a deceased individual whose body or part is or may be the source of an anatomical gift. The term includes a stillborn infant but does not include an unborn child as defined in section 1.205 or 188.015 if the child has not died of natural causes;

(6) "Disinterested witness", a witness other than the spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandchild, grandparent, or guardian of the individual who makes, amends, revokes, or refuses to make an anatomical gift. The term does not include a person to which an anatomical gift could pass under section 194.255;

(7) "Document of gift", a donor card or other record used to make an anatomical gift. The term includes a statement or symbol on a driver's license, identification card, or donor registry;

(8) "Donor", an individual whose body or part is the subject of an anatomical gift provided that donor does not include an unborn child as defined in section 1.205 or section 188.015 if the child has not died of natural causes;

(9) "Donor registry", a database that contains records of anatomical gifts and amendments to or revocations of anatomical gifts;

(10) "Driver's license", a license or permit issued by the department of revenue to operate a vehicle whether or not conditions are attached to the license or permit;

(11) "Eye bank", a person that is licensed, accredited, or regulated under federal or state law to engage in the recovery, screening, testing, processing, storage, or distribution of human eyes or portions of human eyes;

(12) "Guardian", a person appointed by a court pursuant to chapter 475. The term does not include a guardian ad litem;

(13) "Hospital", a facility licensed as a hospital under the laws of any state or a facility operated as a hospital by the United States, a state, or a subdivision of a state;

(14) "Identification card", an identification card issued by the department of revenue;

(15) "Know", to have actual knowledge;

(16) "Minor", an individual who is under eighteen years of age;

(17) "Organ procurement organization", a person designated by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services as an organ procurement organization;

(18) "Parent", a parent whose parental rights have not been terminated;

(19) "Part", an organ, an eye, or tissue of a human being. The term does not include the whole body;

(20) "Person", an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, public corporation, government or governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality, or any other legal or commercial entity;

(21) "Physician", an individual authorized to practice medicine or osteopathy under the laws of any state;

(22) "Procurement organization", an eye bank, organ procurement organization, or tissue bank;

(23) "Prospective donor", an individual who is dead or near death and has been determined by a procurement organization to have a part that could be medically suitable for transplantation, therapy, research, or education. The term does not include an individual who has made a refusal;

(24) "Reasonably available", able to be contacted by a procurement organization with reasonable effort and willing and able to act in a timely manner consistent with existing medical criteria necessary for the making of an anatomical gift;

(25) "Recipient", an individual into whose body a decedent's part has been or is intended to be transplanted;

(26) "Record", information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form;

(27) "Refusal", a record created under section 194.235 that expressly states an intent to bar other persons from making an anatomical gift of an individual's body or part;

(28) "Sign", with the present intent to authenticate or adopt a record:

(a) To execute or adopt a tangible symbol; or

(b) To attach or logically associate with the record an electronic symbol, sound, or process;

(29) "State", a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the United States;

(30) "Technician", an individual determined to be qualified to remove or process parts by an appropriate organization that is licensed, accredited, or regulated under federal or state law. The term includes an eye enucleator;

(31) "Tissue", a portion of the human body other than an organ or an eye. The term does not include blood unless the blood is donated for purposes of research or education;

(32) "Tissue bank", a person that is licensed, accredited, or regulated under federal or state law to engage in the recovery, screening, testing, processing, storage, or distribution of tissue;

(33) "Transplant hospital", a hospital that furnishes organ transplants and other medical and surgical specialty services required for the care of transplant patients.

(L. 1969 S.B. 43 ยง 1, A.L. 2008 S.B. 1139)


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