Frequently Asked Questions

The Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Whole Body Donor Program has reopened on a limited case-by-case basis.  Due to current trends in the COVID-19 outbreak, RWJMS will be increasing the level of caution that we are taking when screening deceased donors for coronavirus infections in order to protect the safety of our staff, faculty, and students.  If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-443-8211 or e-mail

What is the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act?
Who may donate? How is the bequest made?
Can a bequest be rescinded if a registered donor has a change of mind?
What costs are involved in my donation to RWJMSAA?
Will my body automatically be accepted into the program once I sign and return the donor form?
Why might a gift be declined?
When I register to donate my body, should I also make alternate arrangements?
What is the procedure to follow at the time of death?
Will my donation remain exclusively at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School facility?
Will a funeral be permitted before donation?
How does my family obtain a death certificate?