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Source: Associated Press
China to stop using organs from executed prisoners
Beijing says current transplant sourcing system is both unsavoury and inefficient
Associated Press in Beijing
guardian.co.uk, Friday 2 November 2012 03.33 EDT
China will start phasing out its reliance on organs from executed prisoners for transplants early next year as a new national donation system is implemented, a government-appointed expert has said.
Chinese officials acknowledge that a transplantation system that uses mostly organs from death-row prisoners is neither ethical nor sustainable, Wang Haibo said in an interview in the November edition of the World Health Organisation's journal, Bulletin.
An organ donation system run by the Red Cross Society of China had been piloted for two years in 16 regions and was scheduled to be rolled out nationwide by early 2013, Wang said.
"Now there is consensus among China's transplant community that the new system will relinquish the reliance on organs from executed convicts.