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.
Legal instruments and related documents
- Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, concerning Transplantation of Organs and Tissues of Human Origin
- Replies of the member states to the questionnaire on organ trafficking
- Joint Council of Europe and United Nations study on trafficking in organs, tissues and cells and trafficking in human beings for the purpose of the removal of organs
- Statement on the prohibition of any form of commercialisation of human organs by DH-BIO and CD-P-TO
- Statement on the prohibition of any form of commercialisation of human organs by the Committee of Ministers
- Declaration adopted by the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the PACE
- Guide for the implementation of the principle of prohibition of financial gain with respect to the human body and its parts from living or deceased donors
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...
Statement by the Committee of Ministers on the prohibition of any form of commercialisation of human organs
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...
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...