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The 2017 Florida Statutes

Title XXIX
PUBLIC HEALTH
Chapter 406
MEDICAL EXAMINERS; DISPOSITION OF HUMAN REMAINS
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F.S. 406.61
406.61 Selling, buying, or conveying human remains outside state prohibited; exceptions; penalty.
(1)(a) The anatomical board may transport human remains outside the state for educational or scientific purposes. This chapter does not prohibit the transport of human remains, any part of such remains, or tissue specimens in furtherance of lawful examination, investigation, or autopsy conducted pursuant to s. 406.11.
(b) A person, institution, or organization that conveys human remains or any part thereof into or outside the state for medical or dental education or research purposes must notify the anatomical board of such intent and receive approval from the board.
(c) Notwithstanding paragraph (b), a nontransplant anatomical donation organization accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks may convey human remains or any part thereof into or outside the state for medical or dental education or research purposes without notifying or receiving approval from the anatomical board. Effective October 1, 2014, a nontransplant anatomical donation organization must be accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks.
(d) A person who sells or buys human remains or any part thereof, or a person who transmits or conveys or causes to be transmitted or conveyed such remains or part thereof to any place outside this state, in violation of this section commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. This paragraph does not apply to a recognized Florida medical or dental school.
(2)(a) Human remains received in this state by the anatomical board or a nontransplant anatomical donation organization must be accompanied by the original burial-transit permit issued pursuant to s. 382.007. The remains may not be dissected, segmented, or disarticulated until the district medical examiner of the county in which the death occurred or the remains were found grants approval pursuant to s. 406.11.
(b) A nontransplant anatomical donation organization must obtain specific written consent for the dissection, segmentation, or disarticulation of any part of the remains from a person who is authorized under s. 765.512 to give such consent. Such consent must expressly state that the remains may undergo long-term preservation or extensive preparation, including, but not limited to, removal of the head, arms, legs, hands, feet, spine, organs, tissues, or fluids.
(3) A person, institution, or organization may not offer in exchange for human remains any monetary inducement or other valuable consideration, including goods or services, to a donor, a legally authorized person, the donor’s estate, or any other third party. As used in this subsection, the term “valuable consideration” does not include, and this subsection does not prohibit, payment or reimbursement of the reasonable costs associated with the removal, storage, and transportation of human remains, including payment or reimbursement of a funeral establishment or removal service licensed under chapter 497 or the reasonable costs after use, including payment or reimbursement for the disposition of human remains pursuant to s. 406.60.
(4) An entity accredited by the American Association of Museums may convey plastinated human remains or any part thereof within, into, or outside the state for exhibition and public educational purposes without the consent of the anatomical board if the accredited entity:
(a) Notifies the anatomical board of the conveyance and the duration and location of the exhibition at least 30 days before the intended conveyance.
(b) Submits to the anatomical board a description of the remains or any part thereof and the name and address of the company providing the remains or any part thereof.
(c) Submits to the anatomical board documentation that the remains or each part thereof was donated by the decedent or his or her next of kin for purposes of plastination and public exhibition, or, in lieu of such documentation, an affidavit stating that the remains or each part thereof was donated directly by the decedent or his or her next of kin for such purposes to the company providing the remains and that such company has a donation form on file for the remains.
History.s. 16, ch. 28163, 1953; ss. 15, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 144, ch. 71-136; s. 4, ch. 72-40; s. 3, ch. 91-168; s. 1, ch. 93-3; s. 10, ch. 96-251; s. 1, ch. 2009-128; s. 10, ch. 2013-16; s. 16, ch. 2013-138.
Note.Former s. 245.16.