A pilot programme of organ donation after cardiac death in China


The Lancet, Volume 379, Issue 9818, Pages 862 - 865, 3 March 2012
doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61086-6Cite or Link Using DOI
Published Online: 11 November 2011
 

A pilot programme of organ donation after cardiac death in China
Jiefu Huang MD a , J Michael Millis MD b, Yilei Mao MD a, M Andrew Millis BS b, Xinting Sang MD a, Shouxian Zhong MD a
 
Summary
China's aims are to develop an ethical and sustainable organ transplantation system for the Chinese people and to be accepted as a responsible member of the international transplantation community. In 2007, China implemented the Regulation on Human Organ Transplantation, which was the first step towards the establishment of a voluntary organ donation system. Although progress has been made, several ethical and legal issues associated with transplantation in China remain, including the use of organs from executed prisoners, organ scarcity, the illegal organ trade, and transplantation tourism. In this Health Policy article we outline the standards used to define cardiac death in China and a legal and procedural framework for an organ donation system based on voluntary donation after cardiac death that adheres to both China's social and cultural principles and international transplantation standards.

The Lancet, Volume 379, Issue 9818, Pages 862 - 865, 3 March 2012<Previous Article|Next Article>doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61086-6Cite or Link Using DOIPublished Online: 11 November 2011A pilot programme of organ donation after cardiac death in ChinaJiefu Huang MD a , J Michael Millis MD b, Yilei Mao MD a, M Andrew Millis BS b, Xinting Sang MD a, Shouxian Zhong MD aSummaryChina's aims are to develop an ethical and sustainable organ transplantation system for the Chinese people and to be accepted as a responsible member of the international transplantation community. In 2007, China implemented the Regulation on Human Organ Transplantation, which was the first step towards the establishment of a voluntary organ donation system. Although progress has been made, several ethical and legal issues associated with transplantation in China remain, including the use of organs from executed prisoners, organ scarcity, the illegal organ trade, and transplantation tourism. In this Health Policy article we outline the standards used to define cardiac death in China and a legal and procedural framework for an organ donation system based on voluntary donation after cardiac death that adheres to both China's social and cultural principles and international transplantation standards.

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