China issues human organ trade ban
Updated: 2007-04-06 20:03 China on Friday issued its
first regulation on human organ transplants, banning organizations and
individuals from trading human organs in any form.
The regulation, issued
by the State Council, or China's cabinet, will go into effect on May
The regulation does not apply to transplants of human tissue, such as
cells, cornea and marrow.
Human organ transplants are defined as the
process of taking a human organ or part of a human organ - such as the heart,
lung, liver, kidney and pancreas - from a donor and transplanting it into a
patient's body to replace his or her sick or damaged organ.
regulation stipulates that human organ transplants should respect the principle
of being voluntary and free donation.
The regulation comprises 32
articles in five chapters, including human organ donations, human organ
transplants, legal responsibilities and supplementary points. It covers
transplant quality and aims to safeguard citizen's lawful
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