China begins phasing out prisoner organs next year

China will start phasing out its reliance on organs from executed prisoners for transplants early next year as a new national donation system is implemented, a government-appointed expert has said.

Chinese officials acknowledge that a transplantation system that uses mostly organs from death-row prisoners is neither ethical nor sustainable, Wang Haibo said in an interview in the November edition of the 's journal Bulletin.

An organ donation system run by the Red Cross Society of China has been piloted for two years in 16 regions and is scheduled to be rolled out nationwide by early 2013, Wang said.

"Now there is consensus among China's transplant community that the new system will relinquish the reliance on organs from executed convicts," Wang was quoted as saying in the interview. "The implementation of the new national system will start early next year at the latest. This will also mark the start of phasing out the old practice."

Wang was appointed last year by China's to lead a center that is researching and designing a system to fairly and efficiently allocate organs to people who need them.

The Health Ministry's media office did not immediately respond to questions that it requested be submitted in a fax. Vice Minister of Health Huang Jiefu was cited by the official as saying China will abolish the transplanting of organs from executed prisoners within five years and try to spur more citizens to donate.

in China has long been criticized as opaque, profit-driven and unethical. Critics argue death row inmates may feel pressured to become donors, violating personal, religious or .

China's trial of a national organ donation system aimed at reducing the country's dependence on death row inmates for organs was welcomed by international health and .

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

China to phase out prisoner organ donation

Mar 23, 2012

(AP) -- China will abolish the transplanting of organs from executed prisoners within five years and try to spur more citizens to donate, a top health official says.

China attracting those needing organs

Apr 17, 2006

China reportedly is attracting hundreds of Americans and other foreigners desperately in need of organ transplants, raising some ethical questions.

British drivers asked to become organ donors

Dec 31, 2010

Anyone applying for a driving licence in Britain will be asked if they want to join an organ donation scheme under new proposals to boost the number of donors, it was announced on Friday.

Recommended for you

New approach to particle therapy dosimetry

3 hours ago

Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), in collaboration with EMRP partners, are working towards a universal approach to particle beam therapy dosimetry.

Supplement maker admits lying about ingredients

Dec 17, 2014

Federal prosecutors say the owner and president of a dietary supplement company has admitted his role in the sale of diluted and adulterated dietary ingredients and supplements sold by his company.

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.