Glossary Term


Uniform Anatomical Gift Act

The 1968 Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (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. (OPTN Glossary May 2021)

The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, the first law (1968) governing organ and tissue donation in the United States. In 2006, the UAGA was again revised to provide uniformity in state laws regarding organ and tissue donation, strengthen the lifetime decision of a person making an anatomical gift, and clarify the list of people who can make a donation decision on behalf of a person who has died (Alliance Terminology & Data Resources May 2021)