The need for organs for transplantation far outstrips the supply. Efforts to increase donation must protect the interests of living and deceased donors. 

Code of Medical Ethics opinions: organ procurement

Organ transplantation is unique in that it involves two patients, donor and recipient, both of whose interests must be protected. 

Code of Medical Ethics opinions: organ transplantation

Xenotransplantation is a novel proposal for addressing the shortage of transplantable organs that can pose distinctive ethical challenges with respect to patient safety and public health.

Code of Medical Ethics opinions: special issues in organ procurement & transplantation

Chapter 6: Opinions on organ procurement & transplantation (PDF)

AMA Code of Medical Ethics

Visit the Code of Medical Ethics page to access additional Opinions, the Principles of Medical Ethics and a list of CME courses that are available.

These Opinions are offered as ethics guidance for physicians and are not intended to establish standards of clinical practice or rules of law. 

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