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DIVISION 7. DEAD BODIES [7000 - 8030]

  ( Division 7 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )


  ( Part 1 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )

CHAPTER 3.56. Altruistic Living Donor Registry Act [7152 - 7152.2]
  ( Chapter 3.56 added by Stats. 2010, Ch. 217, Sec. 1. )


This chapter shall be known, and may be cited, as the Altruistic Living Donor Registry Act of 2010.

(Added by Stats. 2010, Ch. 217, Sec. 1. (SB 1395) Effective January 1, 2011.)


(a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

(1) More than 20,000 Californians are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, and over 17,000 of those individuals are waiting for a kidney transplant. Based on the current trend in organ donations, one in three of those waiting for a transplant will die. In 2009, 5,874 Americans died while waiting for a transplant.

(2) On a national level, the number of organ donors increased by 3 percent from the years 2008 to 2009, while the number of organ donors in California decreased by 2 percent during this same time period. In 2009, there were only 798 cadaveric donors and 734 living donors in California.

(3) A decrease in organ donors results in longer stays on the national organ transplant waiting list and, consequently, more deaths among those patients who are waiting.

(4) The national organ transplant waiting list, which is maintained by the United Network for Organ Sharing, is growing at the rate of approximately 40,000 persons per year. A name is added to this national database every 13 minutes.

(5) Since 2005, more than six million Californians have registered to donate their organs and tissue upon death.

(6) However, no registry exists in California for those individuals who wish to be an altruistic living organ donor.

(b) The use of anatomical gifts, and the donation of organs for the purpose of transplantation, are of great value to the citizens of California and may save or prolong the life, or improve the health of, extremely ill and dying individuals.

(c) It is the intent of the Legislature to increase the number of individuals who identify themselves as potential organ donors. It is further the intent of the Legislature to establish a statewide Altruistic Living Donor Registry to expedite the match between organ donors and recipients and to encourage charitable contributions to support the registry.

(Added by Stats. 2010, Ch. 217, Sec. 1. (SB 1395) Effective January 1, 2011.)


(a) The California organ procurement organizations designated pursuant to Section 273 and following of Title 42 of the United States Code, are hereby authorized to establish a not-for-profit entity that shall be designated the Altruistic Living Donor Registrar, which shall establish and maintain the Altruistic Living Donor Registry. The registry shall contain information regarding persons who have identified themselves as altruistic living kidney donors. The donor registry shall be designed to promote and assist live kidney donations, including donor chains, paired exchanges, and nondirected donations. The registrar shall be responsible for developing methods to increase the number of donors who enroll in the registry.

(b) The registrar shall make available to the federally designated organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and transplant centers in California information contained in the registry regarding potential altruistic living donors. This information shall be used to expedite a match between identified organ donors and potential recipients.

(c) The registrar may receive voluntary contributions to support the registry and its activities.

(d) The registrar shall collect and make all of the following information relating to altruistic kidney donations available to the public:

(1) The number of donors on the registry.

(2) The changes in the number of donors on the registry.

(3) The general characteristics of donors.

(e) The registrar may also authorize the registry to include persons who identify themselves as altruistic living donors of organs and tissue other than kidneys to be added to the registry, upon a finding by the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the United Network for Organ Sharing that the donation is generally regarded as safe and without a significant risk of complications, and would not adversely affect the health of the donor. Upon a finding pursuant to this subdivision, the registrar shall notify the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature.

(Added by Stats. 2010, Ch. 217, Sec. 1. (SB 1395) Effective January 1, 2011.)

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