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Lords committee comes down against presumed consent for organ donation

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a698 (Published 04 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a698
  1. Siddhartha Yadav
  1. 1BMJ

    A proposed European Commission directive on organ donation must be flexible enough to allow for clinical judgment and for patients to be able to make an informed choice, a report by the House of Lords European Union Committee says.

    The report, while supporting the European Commission’s proposal to introduce a directive on the quality and safety of organ donation and transplantation, says that the commission must not impose requirements beyond those that are clinically justifiable.

    It comes down against the idea of presumed consent, under which everyone is considered to have consented to their organs being used after death unless they have opted out of the scheme by signing a register. …

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