December 9, 2023

China shifts on prisoner organ harvesting

Uneasy with their reputation for using organs from executed prisoners, the Chinese Medical Association has formally repudiated the practice. According to the BMJ, at the annual general assembly of the World Medical Association in Copenhagen last month, CMA representatives said that prisoners’ organs should only be used for immediate family members. Since the chair and one vice-chair are government appointees, this signals that the government realises that what has been common practice in China is not acceptable to the worldwide medical community.