The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) – the peak body for medical specialists in Australia and New Zealand – issued a statement condemning trafficking in organs, including organ removal without valid consent or authorisation, or any collaboration with transplant doctors involved in trafficking organs from prisoners and ethnic or religious minorities.
Read the full statement, released in December 2019 below:
“The RACP condemns trafficking in organs, including removing organs from living or deceased donors without valid consent or authorisation. The RACP supports the efforts of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to curtail the trafficking and use of organs from prisoners in all countries around the world, and supports the Declaration of Istanbul.
The RACP expects its members to comply with relevant guidelines on organ transplantation, including the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Ethical Guidelines for Organ Transplantation from Deceased Donors and Organ and Tissue Donation by Living Donors – Guidelines for Ethical Practice for Health Professionals.
Consistent with these national and international statements and guidelines the RACP does not support its members knowingly engaging in research, clinical or education collaborations involving any transplant doctors who participate in organ trafficking or the procurement of organs for transplantation from vulnerable or coerced persons or groups including prisoners and ethnic or religious minorities.”