Organ donation in China defended
Professor Wang Haibo spoke at the 14th Congress of the International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement against a rumor claiming that China secretly performs 100,000 organ transplants a year, equal to the combined total of the rest of the world. Wang said the rumor “insults the intelligence of transplant and medical professionals”. China’s new national system for organ donation and transplantation is based on Chinese cultural and societal norms, and is consistent with the World Health Organization’s guiding principles and international standards, Wang told his colleagues from different countries. He said the 2007 human organ transplant regulation passed by the State Council had laid an important foundation for the development of a new system for organ donation and transplantation in China.