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New Regulation on the Procurement and Distribution of Donated Human Organs

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A new Chinese regulations mandates that donor organs must be distributed automatically through a national system, in order to minimize human intervention and to ensure fairness and transparency.

China has the world’s second-largest demand for organ transplants, with about 300,000 patients suffering from organ failure each year, but only about 10,000 organ transplant operations performed annually due to a lack of donors.

The new Regulation on the Procurement and Distribution of Donated Human Organs was publicized by the National Health and Family Planning Commission and will take effect on September 1st, 2013.  The Regulation states that organs shall be obtained by organ procurement organizations (OPO) authorized by provincial health authorities, and distribution of the organs must be handled through the China Organ Transplant Response System (www.cot.org.cn), which sorts potential recipients based on the degree of their emergency and compatibility with transplantable organs.

China introduced an organ donation system in 2010, in conjunction with the Red Cross Society, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that serves as an independent third party to supervise and facilitate donation procedures.

3 Responses to “New Regulation on the Procurement and Distribution of Donated Human Organs”

  1. ray ban
    October 31, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    Thanks a lot for sharing!

  2. Lolly
    July 31, 2017 at 11:26 am #

    I wanted to spend a minute to thank you for this.

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