Anatomical Donations and Post-mortem Examinations Act
- Commenced on 1 July 1978
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2016 and includes any amendments published up to 31 December 2017.]
- [Note: This version of the Act was revised and consolidated by the Law Development Commission of Zimbabwe]
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Anatomical Donations and Post-mortem Examinations Act [Chapter 15:01].
3. Donation by person of his body or part thereof for certain purposes after his death and consent to post-mortem examination
4. Donation of body of deceased person or part thereof or consent to post-mortem examination by relative or Government medical officerSubject to this Act, where there is no donation in terms of section three by a person—
5. Persons to whom and purposes for which donation may be madeA donation in terms of section three or four may be made—
6. Provisions relating to donations in terms of section 3 or 4
7. Donation presumed if identity tag worn by deceasedWhere a person is at the time of his death wearing an identity tag issued in terms of regulations, he shall be deemed to have made a donation in terms of section three on such terms as may be prescribed.
8. Authority for use of body or part thereof
9. Removal of tissue from body of deceased person
10. Post-mortem examination of bodyA medical practitioner may, in terms of an authority under section eight, carry out a post-mortem examination on the body of a deceased person before its burial or cremation—
11. Removal of tissue at post-mortem examinationSubject to such conditions as may be prescribed, a medical practitioner who conducts a post-mortem examination of the body of a deceased person in terms of this Act or any other enactment may, if—
12. Removal of replaceable tissue from bodies of living personsReplaceable tissue may be removed from the body of a living person for scientific purposes or therapeutic purposes—
13. Removal of tissue other than replaceable tissue, from bodies of living persons
14. Acquisition, preservation, use and issue of tissue by authorized institutions
15. Rights concerning tissueAny person to whom any body or tissue is donated or who acquires any tissue in terms of this Act shall, upon delivery of the body or tissue to him by way of use or otherwise, be vested, subject to this Act, with the exclusive rights over the body or tissue, as the case may be.
16. Exclusion of civil and criminal liability in respect of bona fide act of medical practitioner, dental practitioner or magistrate
17. Sale of tissue for scientific purposes or therapeutic purposes prohibited
18. Publication of identity of donor or recipient of body or tissue prohibited
19. Offences and penalties
History of this document
01 July 1978