Organs: Donors

Health written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of John MacDougall John MacDougall Labour, Glenrothes

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the black market in human organs is stopped; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

In the United Kingdom, it is unlawful under the Human Tissue Act 2004 and the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 to buy and sell organs for transplantation, or to attempt to buy and sell organs for transplantation.

The Human Tissue Authority also administers the approval system for all live organ donations across the UK, and includes a number of safeguards in their approval system to ensure that individuals are not being coerced, or receiving commercial gain.

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