The legal and ethical framework governing Body Donation in Europe - 1st update on current practice

Beat M. Riederer, S. Bolt, Eric Brenner, José L. Bueno-López, A. R.M. Circulescu, D. C. Davies, Raffaele De Caro, P. O. Gerrits, Stephen McHanwell, Diogo Pais, Friedrich Paulsen, Odile Plaisant, Erdogan Sendemir, I. Stabile, Bernard J. Moxham

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Previously, we have reported on the legal and ethical aspects and current practice of body donation in several European countries, reflecting cultural and religious variations as well as different legal and constitutional frameworks. We have also established good practice in body donation. Here we shall further extend the legal and ethical frameworks in place and also focus on novelties in the law and different directives. Of particular interest are points that address the commercialization of human bodies and body parts and weaknesses in the legal directives. Therefore, it is important to define what is ethical and what needs to be considered unethical in body donation and the subsequent utilisation of human bodies for teaching and research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalEuropean Journal of Anatomy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2012


  • Body donation
  • European community
  • Legal and ethical aspects


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