A. Subject to the requirements of subsections B and C of this section, and unless barred pursuant to section 36-846 or 36-847, an anatomical gift for transplantation, therapy, research or education may be made by any member of the following classes of persons who is reasonably available, in the order of priority listed:

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 36-848

  • Adult: means an individual who is at least eighteen years of age. See Arizona Laws 36-841
  • Agent: means an individual who is either:

    (a) Authorized to make health care decisions on the principal's behalf pursuant to a health care power of attorney. See Arizona Laws 36-841

  • 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. See Arizona Laws 36-841
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Decedent: means a deceased individual whose body or part is or may be the source of an anatomical gift. See Arizona Laws 36-841
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Part: means an organ, eye or tissue of a human being. See Arizona Laws 36-841
  • Person: means 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. See Arizona Laws 36-841
  • Reasonably available: means able to be contacted by a procurement organization without undue effort and willing and able to act in a timely manner consistent with existing medical criteria necessary for the making of an anatomical gift. See Arizona Laws 36-841

1. An agent of the decedent at the time of death who could have made an anatomical gift pursuant to section 36-843 immediately before the decedent‘s death.

2. The decedent’s spouse.

3. The decedent’s adult children.

4. The decedent’s parents.

5. If the decedent is unmarried, the decedent’s domestic partner, if another person had not assumed financial responsibility for the decedent.

6. The decedent’s adult siblings.

7. The decedent’s adult grandchildren.

8. The decedent’s grandparents.

9. An adult who exhibited special care and concern for the decedent.

10. The persons who were acting as the guardians of the person of the decedent at the time of death.

11. Any other person who has the authority to dispose of the decedent’s body.

B. If there is more than one member of a class that is listed in subsection A, paragraph 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 10 of this section who is entitled to make an anatomical gift, an anatomical gift may be made by a member of the class unless that member or a person to which the gift may pass pursuant to section 36-850 knows of an objection by another member of the class.  If an objection is known, the gift may be made only by a majority of the members of the class who are reasonably available.

C. A person may not make an anatomical gift if, at the time of the decedent’s death, a person in a prior class pursuant to subsection A of this section is reasonably available to make or to object to the making of an anatomical gift.

D. If the decedent’s body is not within the custody of the county medical examiner, the county health officer may release and permit the removal of any part from the body in the county health officer’s custody for transplantation, therapy, education or research if the requirements of section 36-860, subsection A, are met.