Donated bodily material for medicine and research, such as organs, eggs and sperm, are in high demand, and current levels of donation fall short of need.
This report sets out guidance to help people consider the ethical acceptability of various ways of encouraging people to donate, both for treatment of others and for scientific research.read more »
The Council’s suggestion of paying the funeral costs of organ donors has been included in the Scottish Government’s strategy for organ donation.read more »
The National Assembly for Wales has voted to approve a soft opt-out system for consent to deceased organ and tissue donation for Wales starting from 2015. The stated aim of the Bill is to increase the number of organs and tissues available for transplant.
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The Council has published a new set of teaching resources based on its report Human bodies: donation for medicine and research (2011) which considers the ethical acceptability of various ways of encouraging people to donate for the treatment of others and for medical research.
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On 30 January, Council member Dr Tim Lewens gave evidence to the National Assembly for Wales Health and Social Care Committee on the Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill.read more »
The Council has published a set of teaching resources based on its 2011 report Human bodies: donation for medicine and research.
The resources can be used together or separately, in any order. They have been developed for use with students at Key Stage 4 or equivalent.
The resources are available in PDF format and as editable Word files.
Introduction (1 page)read more »
Just over a year after the publication of the Council’s report Human bodies: donation for medicine and research, a record of relevant developments that have occurred since is now available. These include new NICE guidance on the management of organ donation services in order to maximise donations, and proposed changes in Wales to the requirements for consent to organ donation, in order to introduce an ‘opt-out’ system.read more »
We suggest an ‘Intervention Ladder’ as a useful tool for analysing the ethical acceptability of different forms of encouragement for donating bodily material in various circumstances.
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A key aim for policy makers in this complex and sensitive area must be to find areas of consensus. This involves identifying values shared by many different people, even if sometimes for different reasons.read more »