In 2021, we welcomed new endorsing organizations. Societies that officially endorse the Declaration are urged to uphold the principles of the Declaration in their activities and in the practice of their members. They are further encouraged to strive towards achievement of the proposals suggested in the Declaration. Endorsement not only promotes ethical practice within particular professional societies, it helps to convey the weight of public and professional support for the Declaration, thus encouraging health authorities.
It has been a more challenging road to get this registry off the ground but we are almost at the finish line! The registry is currently being prepared for ethical review. Once approved, it will officially be launched in 2022.
The registry will investigate the phenomenon of International Travel for Organ Transplantation (ITOT) internationally. Stay tuned for more information in the months to come.
There are a handful of important themes that the DICG has been looking closely at behind the scenes. The DICG is planning on hosting webinars on those important topics in 2022.
The first webinar will be entitled "Transplantation in the context of migrants & refugees: challenges & dilemmas." We plan to host this webinar in the first months of 2022. An announcement with the date/time will be sent out shortly.
In April, 2021 the DICG launched a course on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism. The course was designed to give a complete overview of the DOI. There are three main modules in the curriculum. History of the DOI, 2018 Edition of the DOI and Ethical Issues Related to the DOI. There is also a series of regional updates. The course is free and open to all participants who want to learn about ethics in transplantation, the DOI and the DICG. We plan to update the course with recordings in 2022.
The newsletter is brought to you on behalf of the executive council of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group which works to protect and promote the principles enunciated in the Declaration of Istanbul(DOI), a landmark document in the history of global transplantation.