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Body donation

German: Körperspende

1 Definition

Body donation designates the voluntary provision of the own body after its death for scientific purposes. A person which agrees to the body donation is called a body donor.

2 Legal basis (Germany)

Unlike in the field of transplantation medicine, body donation is not restricted by federal law. The legal basis can instead be found in state laws concerning the handling and burial of dead bodies. Accordingly, the authority over one's own corpse is not limited by choosing between common ways of funeral, but includes the order to offer the body to an anatomical institute for scientific purposes. The declaration of intent concering the body donation is put into writing in a body donation order, which may be cancelled any time without any reasons or respite. Corresponding templates are provided by the anatomical institutes.

2.1 Application

The donated corpse can be utilized for various purposes, for example:

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