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China to stop using organs from executed prisoners for transplantations

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h239 (Published 16 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h239
  1. Shuping Dai, Lingzhong Xu
  1. 1School of Public Health, Shandong University

The head of China’s organ transplantation committee announced in December that the practice of harvesting organs from executed prisoners in China to use in transplantations would end on 1 January 2015.

Huang Jiefu, director of the China Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee and a former vice minister in the Ministry of Health, told a meeting of China’s Organ Procurement Organization in Kunming, “Starting from 1 January 2015 China will totally end its reliance on the …

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