Transplantation regulator consults on how to ensure altruistic donors are not coerced

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 29 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4857
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

More than 1200 organs from live donors were transplanted in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland last year, and this number is likely to increase in the future, said the Human Tissue Authority, the organisation responsible for regulating these procedures.

Responding to this development, the authority is undertaking a public consultation programme to ensure that the current assessment processes are robust enough. As part of this exercise, its annual public meeting featured a discussion on the topic.

The authority’s principal regulatory duty in this area is to ensure that donors are not subject to duress or coercion and …

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