China to have database for organ transplantsPublished On: Wed, Oct 10th, 2012 | Global Health | By BioNews
A national database to record and distribute human organ donations will be established in China, an official said Wednesday.
The health ministry has drafted an organ distribution regulation, spokesperson Deng Haihua said, adding that the regulation must pass a trial phase first, reported Xinhua.
A network for organ donations and transplants will be formed by 164 qualified hospitals nationwide.
Official statistics show that about 1.5 million people in China need organ transplants, although only some 10,000 transplants are performed annually.
Medical experts have long urged the establishment of a transparent system for organ donation and distribution in order to boost the number of organ donors.