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Human Tissue

Volume 79: debated on Thursday 16 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he has any plans to seek to amend the law on the sale and purchase of living human tissue; and if he will make a statement.

The offering of human tissues for profit is contrary to a Council of Europe resolution to which this country is signatory, and is opposed by the Transplantation Society and the British Transplantation Society. We have no hesitation in condemning this abhorrent practice, and are at present considering the most effective way of preventing it. Unethical conduct by medical practitioners is a matter for the General Medical Council.