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Website can charge fees for “matching” people wanting a transplant with donors, regulator says

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7079 (Published 19 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7079
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

A US run website can continue charging fees to “match” people who are seeking a kidney transplant with potential living donors in the United Kingdom, despite concerns raised with regulators.

The UK Human Tissue Authority has admitted that it has no legal jurisdiction over Boston based MatchingDonors.com because the service and its registration process are not run in the UK.

But the authority said that it took the view that registration fees charged by commercial matching agencies would not in themselves fall foul of legislation that bans the supply of organs for reward.

It has now promised new guidance later this year to inform the public what “matching” might entail for anyone who wished to contact such websites.

The move came …

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