Royal College of Surgeons give cautious approval for face transplants

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 16 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1035
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. 1London

Surgeons' leaders have given a cautious go ahead for doctors to carry out face transplants, providing that they follow stringent requirements.

A report published this week by the Royal College of Surgeons of England said that matters had moved on considerably in the three years since the college last spoke on the issue and rejected the idea.

The college has decided that, despite many reservations, it is permissible to proceed with caution, and spelt out 15 minimum requirements that should be met.

These cover medical and technical skills, psychological considerations, resources, and social issues. All the requirements should be …

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