Analysis of official deceased organ donation data casts doubt on the credibility of China’s organ transplant reform
OPEN BMC medical ethics | 15 Nov 2019
MP Robertson, RL Hinde and J Lavee
Since 2010 the People’s Republic of China has been engaged in an effort to reform its system of organ transplantation by developing a voluntary organ donation and allocation infrastructure. This has required a shift in the procurement of organs sourced from China’s prison and security apparatus to hospital-based voluntary donors declared dead by neurological and/or circulatory criteria. Chinese officials announced that from January 1, 2015, hospital-based donors would be the sole source of organs. This paper examines the availability, transparency, integrity, and consistency of China’s official transplant data.
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