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China's Organ Donation System Overhauled

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

China's organ donation and transplant program will provide a platform for facilitating technology transfer and enhancing the establishment of the China Organ Donor System. The collaborative project between the Ministry of Health and Novartis was launched in 2003 to promote organ donation and transplant development in China (PharmAsia News, July 21, 2008). Last month, the program actively supported the Organ Transplantation Committee's meeting on organ donation mobilization, CODS establishment and trial initiation. A recent organ donation and transplant seminar discussed supplementary clauses for regulations on human organ transplantation; the program will strengthen live organ transplant standardization and set up an organ transplant data center. (Click here for more - Chinese Language)

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