• Current through October 23, 2012

An individual who has sustained either: (1) irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions; or (2) irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem; is dead. A determination of death must be made in accordance with accepted medical standards.

(Feb. 25, 1982, D.C. Law 4-68, § 2, 28 DCR 5045.)


Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 6-2401.

Legislative History of Laws

Law 4-68, the "Uniform Determination of Death Act of 1981," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 4-206, which was referred to the Committee on Human Services. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on September 29, 1981, and October 13, 1981, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on November 9, 1981, it was assigned Act No. 4-114 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review.

Uniform Law

This section is based upon § 1 of the Uniform Determination of Death Act. See 12A Uniform Laws Annotated, Master Edition, or ULA Database on Westlaw.