The Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, concerning Transplantation of Organs and Tissues of Human Origin contains general principles and specific provisions concerning transplantation. The Additional Protocol has been signed and ratified by a number of countries since its opening for signature on 24 January 2002 and is now in force.

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A new convention on trafficking in human organs

25/03/2015 Council of Europe

More than 200 government experts, judges, prosecutors, police forces, healthcare professionals, policy makers have gathered in Santiago de Compostela to analyse the phenomenon of trafficking in human organs and the offences covered by the new Council of Europe convention, which aims to become a...

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Statement by the Committee of Ministers on the prohibition of any form of commercialisation of human organs

Committee of Ministers 9/07/2014 Strasbourg

In this context, the Committee of Ministers emphasises in particular the need to respect the fundamental legal principle that the human body and its parts shall not, as such, give rise to financial gain. Enshrined in the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (ETS No. 164) opened for...

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Total ban on trading human organs must stay

Parliamentary Assembly 24/06/2014 Strasbourg

A committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has reasserted the need for a total ban on any form of trading in human organs, expressing concern at recent suggestions that “some form of commercialisation” could be envisaged as a way of dealing with the shortage of...

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