The DICG has created and curated the following resources to educate and inform physicians, patients, professional societies, and others who are interested in organ trafficking and transplanting. To contribute to this page please contact the DICG Executive Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Patient Brochure - Thinking about a Kidney?

The Patient Brochure was developed by the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group.

It is currently available for download in 18 languages.

You can help support the DICG by translating the brochure into your language (if not already available) and sending your translation to the DICG Executive Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click to see the downloadable patient brochure in all available languages
Language Description Download Link
العربية (Arabic) المريض كتيب تحميل
病人手册 (Chinese) 简体中文 低分辨率 高分辨率
English Patient Brochure - A4 Size Download
English Patient Brochure - Legal Size Download
Español (Spanish) Paciente Folleto baja resolución alta resolución
Français (French) Patient Brochure basse résolution haute résolution
עברית (Hebrew) החולה חוברת רזולוציה נמוכה ‎‎ברזולוציה גבוהה
हिन्दी (Hindi) रोगी पुस्तिका डाउनलोड
日本 (Japanese) 患者のパンフレット ダウンロード
한국어 (Korean) 환자 브로셔 지금 다운로드
Melayu (Malay) Brosur pesakit resolusi rendah
Português (Portugese) Paciente Folheto baixa resolução Alta Resolução
Punjabi Patient Brochure Download
Română (Romanian) Brosura pacient rezoluţie mică de înaltă rezoluţie
Русский (Russian) Брошюра пациента скачать
Swedish Patient Brochure Download
Tagalog Patient Brochure Download
Telugu Patient Brochure Download
Tamil Patient Brochure Download

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The DICG Public Library

The DICG Course On Ethical Issues in Transplantation And The Declaration of Istanbul

Nancy Ascher gives a quick overview of the Declaration of Istanbul. To participate in the full course and to learn more click below

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Policy documents related to organ trafficking

Older Policy Documents, Legislation, and Publications

Additional Resources

The Council of Europe Convention Against Trafficking in Human Organs

The Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 9 July 2014. The adoption of the Convention represents a historical milestone in the fight against organ trafficking. It is the first legal document that provides an internationally agreed upon definition of trafficking in human organs, identifying the activities that ratifying States must criminalize in their national laws.

Like other criminal law instruments, the Convention also includes provisions to deter these practices and to protect victims. This instrument complements the existing international legal framework against trafficking in human beings (including for the purpose of the removal of organs), which does not reach some transplant related crimes and many of the actors, such as surgeons, whose involvement lies at the heart of the criminal activity.

Fourteen countries have already signed the Convention: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. This signifies their intention to ratify it, which will bind them legally to incorporate its provisions into their domestic law. The Convention, which was conceived to have a global scope, is open for signature and ratification not only by Council of Europe member or observer countries but by any State in the world, and several have already indicated that they are considering acceding to the Convention, as have additional COE member States.

More information about the Convention can be found in the media and journal articles below.

Policy on Meeting Content

Policy on Meeting Content for Use by Organizations that Have Endorsed The Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism
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Policy on Meeting Content for Use by Organizations that Have Endorsed The Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism

The following recommendations are based on practical experience obtained during the preparation of the academic content of meetings sponsored or supported by The Transplantation Society. These recommendations do not intend to prevent academic examination of controversial issues in organ transplantation. Rather, they aim simply aim to ensure that the organizations that have endorsed the Declaration of Istanbul do not confer academic prestige or professional acceptance on individuals or groups whose actual practices undermine the objectives of the Declaration of Istanbul or involve the use of organs or tissues from executed prisoners. The denial of approval to such individuals and groups seeks particularly to promote ethical and effective organ transplant practices in countries that are struggling to overcome organ trafficking and transplant tourism.

  • All abstract submission forms should include a statement to the effect that: "The authors attest that (a) all data (clinical findings, description of clinical material, etc.) were derived from research and clinical activities carried out in accordance with the principles of the Declaration of Istanbul and (b) executed prisoners were not the source of organs or tissues in any of the activities reported."
  • Abstract reviewers should be instructed to pay particular attention to submissions from countries designated by the World Health Organization as organ trafficking "hotspots."
  • Abstracts that raise concern should be "tagged" and reviewed by the meeting's program planners. The authors of tagged abstracts should be notified of the questions raised concerning their submissions and should be asked to respond to the questions and to confirm that the activities reported were carried out consistently with the Declaration of Istanbul. Should the response received from the authors be unsatisfactory (or absent), the abstract should be rejected.
  • The restrictions applicable to authors of abstracts should also be applied to invited speakers. The simplest means of conveying the expectation that such speakers will not present data from activities that are inconsistent with the principles of the Declaration of Istanbul is to ask each speaker to include the statement in Point 1 in his or her acceptance letter. Further, program planners should not invite any person known to have engaged in activities that are inconsistent with the Principles of the Declaration of Istanbul or that rely on organs or tissues from executed prisoners to address the meeting (other than to participate in a discussion of the merits of the Declaration or a comparable issue) unless such person has provided credible assurance that he or she no longer engages in such activities.

Articles Related to Organ Trafficking

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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

The DICG is happy to participate in the UNDOC's World Day Against Trafficking in Persons campaign. We invite you to share our posters and website.

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DICG video library

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The Mission of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) is to promote, implement and uphold the Declaration of Istanbul so as to combat organ trafficking, transplant tourism and transplant commercialism and to encourage adoption of effective and ethical transplantation practices around the world.


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