Via Al Jazeera:
China plans to implement a new national donation system which will allow the government to phase out next year the practice of removing organs from executed prisoners to be used in transplant operations.
China’s health ministry said yesterday that a new national organ donation system is being developed after officials said using organs from death-row prisoners was neither ethical nor sustainable.
“Now there is consensus among China’s transplant community that the new system will relinquish the reliance on organs from executed convicts,” Wang Haibo told the World Health Organisation’s journal Bulletin.
“The implementation of the new national system will start early next year at the latest. This will also mark the start of phasing out the old practice.”
Wang was appointed last year by China’s health ministry to design a system to fairly and efficiently allocate organs to people who need them.
The new system has been run for two years by the Red Cross Society of China across 16 regions of the country.