A pilot programme of organ donation after cardiac death in China

Lancet. 2012 Mar 3;379(9818):862-5. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61086-6. Epub 2011 Nov 10.


China's aims are to develop an ethical and sustainable organ transplantation system for the Chinese people and to be accepted as a responsible member of the international transplantation community. In 2007, China implemented the Regulation on Human Organ Transplantation, which was the first step towards the establishment of a voluntary organ donation system. Although progress has been made, several ethical and legal issues associated with transplantation in China remain, including the use of organs from executed prisoners, organ scarcity, the illegal organ trade, and transplantation tourism. In this Health Policy article we outline the standards used to define cardiac death in China and a legal and procedural framework for an organ donation system based on voluntary donation after cardiac death that adheres to both China's social and cultural principles and international transplantation standards.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Advisory Committees
  • Brain Death
  • Capital Punishment*
  • China
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Death*
  • Health Policy* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Health Policy* / trends
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent*
  • International Cooperation
  • Living Donors*
  • Medical Tourism / ethics
  • Medical Tourism / trends
  • Organ Transplantation* / ethics
  • Organ Transplantation* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Organ Transplantation* / trends
  • Pilot Projects
  • Prisoners*
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement* / ethics
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement* / trends