Tai­wan to ban trade in hu­man or­gans af­ter new rules are given the nod

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan will ban the sell­ing or buy­ing of hu­man or­gans, ac­cord­ing to amend­ments to or­gan trans­plant reg­u­la­tions that cleared the Leg­is­la­ture Fri­day.

No money should be in­volved in pro­vid­ing or re­ceiv­ing or­gans, and those who sell or buy them will face a jail term of be­tween one and five years and/or fines of be­tween NT$300,000 ( US$9,697) and NT$1.5 mil­lion.

Doc­tors found to have vi­o­lated the reg­u­la­tions will be fined be­tween NT$120,000 and NT$600,000, be suspended from prac­tic­ing for be­tween one month and one year, and in the most se­ri­ous cases, have their li­censes re­voked.

Ac­cord­ing to the amend­ments, whether in Tai­wan or over­seas, money must not be in­volved in any or­gan trans­plants, so as to pre­vent the com­mer­cial­iza­tion of or­gan trans­plants.

The amend­ments stip­u­late that if Tai­wanese na­tion­als bro­ker or­gan trans­plant over­seas and vi­o­late the no money con­di­tions, they will be dealt with ac­cord­ing to the Tai­wanese reg­u­la­tions.

In keep­ing with trans­plant ethics around the world, the amend­ments stip­u­late that doc­tors can cull or­gans from dead bod­ies, but not from ex­e­cuted pris­on­ers.

Also, in view of the fact that Tai­wanese re­ceiv­ing or­gan trans­plants over­seas might re­ceive or­gans from uniden­ti­fied sources or un­qual­i­fied hos­pi­tals, the amend­ment stip­u­lates that pa­tients who re­ceive or­gan trans­plants out­side Tai­wan must bring back writ­ten in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing the or­gan, coun­try, hos­pi­tal and doc­tors, which must be given to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal for the lat­ter to re­port to the au­thor­i­ties.

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