Healthcare Ministry to submit organ transplant bill in 2014
MOSCOW, March 5 - RAPSI. Russia's Healthcare Ministry plans to draft an organ transplant bill by 2014 and submit it to the Government. A directive on this was added to the official government bank of regulations and directives on Tuesday.
The Healthcare Ministry's bill on organ transplants will set up a database of Russian nationals who wish to donate their organs after their death. The bill will allow posthumous child donorship as well.
The current law "On the Transplantation of Organs and Tissues" was adopted in 1992.
It states that if medical employees have no knowledge at the time of an individual's death of his or her donorship wishes, with relatives' permission, he or she is automatically considered a donor.
This provision will remain part of the new law.
Deputy Healthcare Minister Sergei Velmyaykin said earlier that the bill would introduce the presumption of a person's agreement to be an organ donor if he or she had not directly expressed their wishes otherwise.