Qatar passes law on organ donation
Doha News | Aug 20, 2015
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By Victoria Scott
Qatar’s Emir has signed into law new legislation that reinforces the country’s commitment to expanding its organ donation program, giving doctors, patients and donors a legal framework to work within.
The new law lays out the conditions under which organ donation is legal in Qatar, specifying that is must be urgent and that doctors must have exhausted all other treatment options, according to the Peninsula.
The law also states that children and individuals of unsound mind are not allowed to make a donation – even if their guardians want to give consent.
And it details tough penalties for those found to be trading in human organs, with those convicted of the offense facing a jail term of up to 10 years and/or a fine of up to QR1 million.
Other articles in the law specify that a donor can change his or her mind at any time without giving a reason, and that organs can only be removed from the deceased with permission from their legal heirs, suggesting that families of registered organ donors would be able to go against their relative’s wishes if they wanted to do so...