France approves bill to encourage organ donations

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 30 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1119
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. 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 …

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