Pan-European organ transplant scheme promises to cut waiting times

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 24 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2785
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    The European Parliament overwhelmingly approved draft legislation on 19 May setting uniform quality and safety standards across the European Union that promises to reduce waiting times for organ transplants.

    The measures, which cover all stages of the chain from donation to the transplantation, must now be approved by EU governments. Given that these have broad cross party support—over 640 MEPs approved them and just 16 voted against—this is now expected to be a formality.

    John Dalli, the European health commissioner, described the parliamentary vote as a concrete example of how European legislation could help …

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