China will popularize organ donation after cardiac death as a nationwide standard fororgan transplants across the country starting in 2012, a senior official said on Nov. 17.
After long-term preparations and discussions by China's organ transplant academiccircle, the Ministry of Health has entrusted the Red Cross Society of China toundertake human organ donation and procurement pilot work, Vice Health MinisterHuang Jiefu said.
If hospitals fail to implement the cardiac death standard over the next two years, theirorgan transplant qualifications will be withdrawn.
China has yet to establish a national cadaver organ donation system, so citizens willhave no way to donate their organs after death. Given a lack of brain death legislationin China, citizens are entitled to independently choose death standards when it comesto organ donation work.
The authorities have still selected cardiac death as a uniform death standard and willpopularize the cardiac and formulate related standards that are consistent with China'sconditions, Huang said.