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(a) The coroner or medical examiner may release and permit the removal of a part from a
body within that official's custody, for transplantation or therapy, if:
(1) the official has received a request for the part from a hospital, physician, surgeon, or
procurement organization;
(2) the official has made a reasonable effort, taking into account the useful life of the part, to
locate and examine the decedent's medical records and inform persons listed in section 525.9212,
paragraph (a)
, of their option to make, or object to making, an anatomical gift;
(3) the official does not know of a refusal or contrary indication by the decedent or objection
by a person having priority to act as listed in section 525.9212, paragraph (a);
(4) the removal will be by a physician, surgeon, or technician; but in the case of eyes, by one
of them or by an enucleator;
(5) the removal will not interfere with any autopsy or investigation; and
(6) the removal will be in accordance with accepted medical standards.
(b) If the body is not within the custody of the coroner or medical examiner, the local public
health officer may release and permit the removal of any part from a body in the local public
health officer's custody for transplantation or therapy if the requirements of paragraph (a) are met.
(c) An official releasing and permitting the removal of a part shall maintain a permanent
record of the name of the decedent, the person making the request, the date and purpose of the
request, the part requested, and the person to whom it was released.
History: 1991 c 202 s 30

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