Kansas Organ & Tissue Donor Registry Will Become First-Person Consent
Yesterday, Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson signed HB 2486. Effective July 1, Kansas will have a first-person consent organ and tissue donor registry. First-person consent means that an individual's decision to be an organ & tissue donor is his or her own and is legally-binding for others to respect and implement. Previously, the statewide registry was intent-only.
HB 2486 amends two sections of the Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA). UAGA provided the legal foundation upon which human organs and tissues could be donated for transplantation by execution of an anatomical gift authorizing document. Since 1972, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have adopted this Act, or amended forms of this Act.
First, there are new requirements regarding the Kansas organ and tissue donor registry. Now, the listing of an individual’s name in the registry constitutes full legal consent to the donation of the individual’s organ or tissues upon the individual’s death.
The bill also permits a donor to amend or revoke an anatomical gift by directly accessing the registry Web site or notifying the Kansas federally-designated organ procurement organization. Additionally, withdrawal of consent to be listed in the registry does not equal refusal to make a gift.