The government on Monday (July 17) has approved the ‘Organ Transplantation Act (Amendment) 2017′, a draft law endorsed by the cabinet regarding organ transplant and amputations.
The proposed law, which expanded the definition of “close relatives”, got the final approval during the regular cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday.
After the meeting Additional Cabinet Secretary Ashraf Shamim said “The amended law has had some revisions and some new clauses have been added as well.”
According to the newly added clause, from now on no hospital will be allowed to carry out organ transplant or amputation without government approval, said the Additional Cabinet Secretary.
However, specilised units of government hospitals will be kept out of the clause, he went on to add.
The organ transplant will be allowed only within ‘close relatives’ while the term ‘relatives’ in this case will cover cover parents, children, siblings, couples, and blood relatives.
However, eye and bone marrow transplant will not require a blood-relative donor.
According to the new law, three years of rigorous imprisonment or Tk 10 lakh fine or both will be implemented as the punishment of illegal organ trade.
The additional cabinet secretary also said that the private hospitals will have to report to the authorities concerned to complete these job within 60 days of enactment of the law.
Beside these, from now on there should be a medical board in every hospital to decide the transplant matter and a National committee to oversee to oversee these issues.