Germany passes new transplant law

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 05 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:7
  1. Sandra Goldbeck-Wood
  1. BMJ

    The German parliament has passed a new law on human organ transplantation which for the first time recognises brain stem death as being equivalent in law to death. The law was ratified last week by an unexpectedly large majority in a free vote. It allows consent for organ removal to be given by the donor's relatives, so long as they believe this to be …

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