China will tighten its organ transplant rules to prevent unqualified doctors and profit-hungry hospitals from abusing patients, state media said Monday, amid concerns that executed prisoners have had their organs harvested without consent.
The draft regulation, which has been sent to the State Council for review, would require a new organization under the Ministry of Health (Âç´ÁîüÈÉ®Ôºâto be in charge of registering and allocating all donated organs, the official Xinhua News Agency said. It said the regulations were expected to be passed soon, but gave no specific timetable.
Little information about China’s transplant business is publicly available, and critics contend it is profit-driven with little regard for medical ethics. China has long defended the practice as legal. [Full Text]
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