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