In Italy, recent legislation (Law No. 10/2020) has tuned regulations concerning the donation of one's postmortem body and tissues for study, training, and scientific research purposes. This study discusses several specific issues to optimise the applicability and effectiveness of such an important, novel regulatory setting. Some of these unsolved issues may involve the grantees of teaching and training activities, the role of academic anatomical institutes, the role of family members in the donation process, the universal time limit indicated for any donation, the handling of corpses, and the limited body donation and its subordination to the donation of organs and tissues. Critical issues arise concerning the learners, the type of training and teaching activities that can be planned, the position of academic anatomy institutes, the role of family members in the donation process, the time frame of the donation process, the eligibility of partial donation, or the simultaneous donation of organs and tissues to patients awaiting transplantation. In particular, a universal time limit for donations (i.e., one year) makes it impossible to plan the long-term use of specific body parts, which could be effectively preserved for the advanced teaching and training of medical students and surgeons. The abovementioned conditions lead to the limited use of corpses, thus resulting in the inefficiency of the whole system of body donation. Overall, the donors' scope for the donation of their body could be best honoured by a more flexible and tuneable approach that can be used on a case-by-case basis. Furthermore, it is deemed necessary to closely monitor the events scheduled for corpses in public nonacademic institutions or private enterprises. This paper presents useful insights from Italian anatomists with the hope of providing inspiration for drafting the regulations. In conclusion, this paper focuses on the critical issues derived from the recently introduced Italian law on the donation and use of the body after death and provides suggestions to lawmakers for future implementations.

De Caro, R., Boscolo-Berto, R., Artico, M., Bertelli, E., Cannas, M., Cappello, F., et al. (2021). The Italian law on body donation: a position paper of the Italian College of Anatomists. ANNALS OF ANATOMY, 238 [10.1016/j.aanat.2021.151761].

The Italian law on body donation: a position paper of the Italian College of Anatomists

Artico, Marco;Carpino, Guido;Rossi, Pellegrino;
2021

Abstract

In Italy, recent legislation (Law No. 10/2020) has tuned regulations concerning the donation of one's postmortem body and tissues for study, training, and scientific research purposes. This study discusses several specific issues to optimise the applicability and effectiveness of such an important, novel regulatory setting. Some of these unsolved issues may involve the grantees of teaching and training activities, the role of academic anatomical institutes, the role of family members in the donation process, the universal time limit indicated for any donation, the handling of corpses, and the limited body donation and its subordination to the donation of organs and tissues. Critical issues arise concerning the learners, the type of training and teaching activities that can be planned, the position of academic anatomy institutes, the role of family members in the donation process, the time frame of the donation process, the eligibility of partial donation, or the simultaneous donation of organs and tissues to patients awaiting transplantation. In particular, a universal time limit for donations (i.e., one year) makes it impossible to plan the long-term use of specific body parts, which could be effectively preserved for the advanced teaching and training of medical students and surgeons. The abovementioned conditions lead to the limited use of corpses, thus resulting in the inefficiency of the whole system of body donation. Overall, the donors' scope for the donation of their body could be best honoured by a more flexible and tuneable approach that can be used on a case-by-case basis. Furthermore, it is deemed necessary to closely monitor the events scheduled for corpses in public nonacademic institutions or private enterprises. This paper presents useful insights from Italian anatomists with the hope of providing inspiration for drafting the regulations. In conclusion, this paper focuses on the critical issues derived from the recently introduced Italian law on the donation and use of the body after death and provides suggestions to lawmakers for future implementations.
Pubblicato
Rilevanza internazionale
Articolo
Esperti anonimi
Settore BIO/16
English
Body donation programme
Cadaver lab
Education
Law
Regulation
De Caro, R., Boscolo-Berto, R., Artico, M., Bertelli, E., Cannas, M., Cappello, F., et al. (2021). The Italian law on body donation: a position paper of the Italian College of Anatomists. ANNALS OF ANATOMY, 238 [10.1016/j.aanat.2021.151761].
De Caro, R; Boscolo-Berto, R; Artico, M; Bertelli, E; Cannas, M; Cappello, F; Carpino, G; Castorina, S; Cataldi, A; Cavaletti, Ga; Cinti, S; Cocco, Li; Cremona, O; Crivellato, E; De Luca, A; Falconi, M; Familiari, G; Ferri, Gl; Fornai, F; Gesi, M; Geuna, S; Gibelli, Dm; Giordano, A; Gobbi, P; Guerra, G; Gulisano, M; Macchi, V; Macchiarelli, G; Manzoli, L; Michetti, F; Miscia, S; Montagnani, S; Montella, Acm; Morini, S; Onori, P; Palumbo, C; Papa, M; Porzionato, A; Quacci, De; Raspanti, M; Rende, M; Rezzani, R; Ribatti, D; Ripani, M; Rodella, Lf; Rossi, P; Sbarbati, A; Secchiero, P; Sforza, C; Stecco, C; Toni, R; Vercelli, A; Vitale, M; Zancanaro, C; Zauli, G; Zecchi, S; Anastasi, Gp; Gaudio, E
Articolo su rivista
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
De Caro et al Annals of Anatomy 2021.pdf

accesso aperto

Descrizione: file pdf
Tipologia: Versione Editoriale (PDF)
Licenza: Copyright dell'editore
Dimensione 544.93 kB
Formato Adobe PDF
544.93 kB Adobe PDF Visualizza/Apri

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/2108/276136
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? 3
  • Scopus 3
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 3
social impact