Information Release

ST 1989-03 - Human Organs and Tissue - February 1, 1989 Updated November, 2004

The transfer of human organs, bone, tissue, blood and blood products, for the purpose of injecting, transfusing, or transplanting into a human body, are not transactions subject to Ohio sales and use taxes.

Section 2108.11 Ohio Revised Code declares the transfer of these products for such purposes "not to be a sale" but, rather, the provision of a "service." Moreover, federal law, 42 U.S.C. 274e, prohibits the transfer of human organs for transplantation "for valuable consideration." However, this law does allow payment of reasonable expenses associated with the removal, transportation, preservation, etc. of the organs.

The sale or purchase of human hair, manufactured items, animal organs, and other products not of human origin for transplantation or implantation is not covered by these provisions and is subject to the sales and use tax law.

Tax is due on any of these items sold to physicians or for-profit hospitals, since these persons are providing medical services and are the "consumers" of all tangible personal property purchased by them for use in treating patients. For example, a physician purchases an artificial joint and surgically implants it in the patient. The physician must pay sales or use tax on the artificial joint because the physician is "consuming" it (for tax purposes) in providing medical services.

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