A needed Convention against trafficking in human organs

The Lancet June 2014Marta López-Fraga, Beatriz Domínguez-Gil, Alexander M Capron, Kristof Van Assche, Dominique Martin, Emanuele Cozzi and Francis L Delmonico.


More than 114 000 organ transplants are done annually in over 100 countries.1  Estimating that 5—10% of kidney transplants result from commercial transactions,2,3 WHO has warned against the worldwide “trade for profit in human organs”,4 which tarnishes this life-saving therapy.5 Although legislation forbidding organ sales exists in most countries,6 progress has been impeded by weak enforcement and the absence of comprehensive binding international instruments to harmonise regulations and improve cross ...

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