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Human remains and body parts policy

We don't allow the sale of human bodies, body parts, or products made from the human body on eBay.

Please read our policy guidelines for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Are there any exceptions?

The only exceptions are items containing human scalp hair, such as lockets or wigs.

Can I sell a relic that includes human remains?

Yes, if the only type of human remain it includes is scalp hair. Otherwise, no.

Read our full policy

Human remains and body parts policy

We don't allow humans, the human body, or any human body parts or products to be listed on eBay, with the exception of items containing human scalp hair.

Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?

Allowed Allowed
  • Items that contain human scalp hair (such as lockets or wigs).
 
Restricted Restricted
  • If you are selling a first-class relic, you must state in the item description what the relic is made from. If it's a human remain it can't be sold if it's made from any body part except human scalp hair.
 
Not allowed Not allowed

Examples of prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

  • skulls and skeletons
  • organs
  • bones
  • blood
  • waste products
  • body fluids
  • sperm
  • eggs
  • any of these items included as a gift, prize or giveaway in connection with another item listed on eBay
You can't sell any of these items even if you state they are intended for medical research.
 

Why does eBay have this policy?

The sale of humans and human remains is prohibited by law, and sellers can't list them on eBay.

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