France approves bill to encourage organ donationsBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6937.1119 (Published 30 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1119
- Alexander Dorozynski
- Medical Journalist, Paris
The French National Assembly has approved a bill that would allow doctors to remove organs from dead patients unless they had expressed specific opposition to organ donation. The opposition would be recorded on a national register so that doctors could find out through a computer system whether they could remove a particular organ.
Transplant specialists hope that the legislation will reverse the sharp fall in organs available for transplantation. The number of transplants grew steadily in the 1980s, reaching a peak of 3572 in 1991. Since …