The Institute for Plastination (IfP) is a private research facility dedicated to the development and advancement of plastination and is home to the Body Donation Program for Plastination.
During an individual’s lifetime, they can choose to enroll in the Body Donation Program for Plastination whereby they consent to plastination for the purposes of basic and continuing anatomy education, training and research, as well as for the general anatomy education of the public. This means that their body is not buried after death, but transferred to the Institute for Plastination for processing.
Body donation for plastination is not a contract, but an informed declaration of intent. To ensure that the decision to donate one’s body to the IfP is undertaken at free will, there is no financial compensation to family or next of kin following the donor’s death. Donors can rescind their declaration during their lifetime and their next of kin can repeal their declaration after their death.