Ministry of Health and Family Welfare20-November, 2009 16:18 IST
Amendments in Transplantation of Human organ Act, 1994
Lok Sabha

The broad areas involving amendments to the Act are:

1. To rename the Act as the “Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act”;
2. To expand the definition of the term ‘near relatives’ to include grandparents and grandchildren;
3. To provide for the enucleation of corneas by a trained technician;
4. To enable a surgeon/physician and an anesthetist/intensivist to be included in the medical board in the event of non availability of a neurosurgeon/neurologist for certification of brain death;
5. To make it mandatory for the ICU/Treating Medical Staff to request relatives of brain dead patients for organ donation;
6. To provide for Swap Donations of organs;
7. To empower the Central Government to prescribe the composition of Authorisation Committees and to empower Union Territories to set up their own authorization committees;
8. To regulate the transplantation of organs for foreign nationals;
9. To prevent the exploitation of minors;
10. To provide for the establishment of Advisory Committees for Appropriate Authorities;
11. To vest in Appropriate Authorities, the power to summon persons, seek production of documents, issue search warrants etc;
12. To establish a National Organ Retrieval, Banking & Transplantation Network;
13. To provide for the development and maintenance of a national registry of the recipients of organ transplants;
14. To create the position of a ‘Transplant Coordinator’ in all hospitals registered for organ retrieval and or transplantation;
15. To provide for the registration of Non Government Organizations working in the field of organ retrieval and or transplantation in any manner whatsoever;
16. To enhance the penalties under the act; and
17. To expand the rule making powers of the Central Government.

Health is a state subject. Data regarding Organ Transplantation is not maintained centrally.

This information was given by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

(Release ID :54299)