1. The evaluation of the cadaveric donor should include a physical examination to detect signs:
a) that are in themselves sufficient to the exclude the donor; or
b) that may be an indication for further investigations; or
c) are a contraindication for donation, when assessed in light of the donor’s medical and social history.
2. The physical examination has to be performed by trained personnel, in a working area with sufficient light, and under the condition that the entire body surface is easy accessible for examination by the retrieval staff.
3. A written report on the findings during the physical examination should minimally consist of a check list of specific signs that have to be look for. Findings should also be drawn on a diagram of the body.
4. An example is given of a list of signs and their associated contraindications that indicate a (potential) cause for rejection of the donor for donation.