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APPENDIX E: Priority List for Requesting Next-of-Kin Authorization

According to UAGA, “an anatomical gift of a decedent’s body or part for purpose of 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:

(1) an agent of the decedent at the time of death who could have made an anatomical gift immediately before the decedent’s death; 
(2) the spouse of the decedent; 
(3) adult children of the decedent; 
(4) parents of the decedent; 
(5) adult siblings of the decedent; 
(6) adult grandchildren of the decedent; 
(7) grandparents of the decedent;
(8) an adult who exhibited special care and concern for the decedent; 
(9) the persons who were acting as the [guardians] of the person of the decedent at the time of death; and 
(10) any other person having the authority to dispose of the decedent’s body.” 

UAGA requires OPOs to make reasonable efforts to approach the highest order next-of-kin, and if not available, move down the order to the next available next-of-kin. Further, “A person may not make an anatomical gift if, at the time of the decedent’s death, a person in a prior class under subsection (a) is reasonably available to make or to object to the making of an anatomical gift.” If two or more individuals are in the same class, consensus of the absolute majority is required for authorization.