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Organ Donors (Overseas)

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his policy on obtaining organs from donors abroad. [106111]

I have been asked to reply.The Human Organ Transplant Act, 1989 prohibits, in the United Kingdom, commercial dealings in human organs, places restrictions upon transplants between living persons who are not genetically related and requires certain information to be supplied about transplant operations.Most countries with organ transplant programmes also have legislation banning payments for organ donation. There are formal arrangements in place between European transplant organisations to ensure that when an organ cannot be used in the originating country it is offered for use to patients in other European countries.