Amendments in Transplantation to Human Organs Act
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Last Updated: Friday, December 18, 2009, 19:28
New Delhi: In an effort to tackle illegal organ trade, Government today introduced amendments to the existing Bill which would increase the ambit of near relatives eligible to donate their organs, allow swapping of organs and regulate the transplantation of organs for foreign nationals.

The amendments to the Transplantation to the Human Organs Act, 1994, was introduced in the Lok Sabha today by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

As per the amendments, the Act would now regulate the transplantation of tissues also. The definition of "near relatives" has been expanded to include grandfather, grandmother, granddaughter and grandson.

It will be mandatory for the Intensive Care Units of any hospital to request relatives of brain dead patients for organ donation and to provide for the preserving of corneas by a trained technician.

Further, it would be compulsory to include a surgeon or a physician and an anaesthetist or intensivist in the medical board in the event of non-availability of a neurosurgeon or a neurologist for certification of brain death.

The amendments would also ensure regulation of the transplantation of organs for foreign nationals to prevent the exploitation of minors, to provide for swap donation of organs which would be cleared by an all India authorisation committee.

Azad said a new clause has also been introduced to empower appropriate authorities to summon persons, seek production of documents and issue search warrants.


First Published: Friday, December 18, 2009, 19:28

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