Policy Statements - KIDNEYS FOR SALE


Passed by the NKF 12th July 2008

The National Kidney Federation utterly condemns the trade in organs for profit, and sees this as a trade in human misery. The NKF understands that shortages of available organs will tempt patients to leave the UK in search of organs they can purchase, however the practice is frequently illegal and fraught with danger. The Federation does not advise any patient to seek a transplant operation in this way.

Whilst the Federation agrees with legislation that makes it a criminal offence to aid and abet the procurement of organs for money, it does not believe that patients who seek organs in this way should also be guilty of an offence.

The Federation is willing to look closely at any proposal brought forward by Government to pay for organs, provided that they maintain responsibility for the quality and allocation of such organs purchased by the state.