NHMRC announces public consultation on new draft organ allocation guidelines

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have released new draft guidelines to inform the decision-making around the allocation of organs for transplantation in Australia for public consultation.

The DRAFT Ethical guidelines for organ transplantation from deceased donors (Ethical Guidelines) for organ transplantation from deceased donors have been developed by the NHMRC, following a joint request from the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Organ and Tissue Authority.

The intent of the Ethical Guidelines is to inform ethical practice in:

  • assessing the eligibility of an individual for transplantation
  • assessing the suitability of donor organs for transplantation, and
  • allocating organs from deceased donors.


The draft document is not relevant to:

  • the process of organ donation
  • transplantation of organs from living donors
  • transplantation of human tissue
  • transplantation of gametes, ovarian or testicular tissue, or embryos for reproductive purposes.


The Organ and Tissue Authority encourages the Australian community to participate in developing guidance on this matter by providing feedback and comments on these proposed guidelines to the NHMRC.

Information about this public consultation and how to make a submission is available on the NHMRC Public Consultation website. The closing date for submissions is 5pm (AEST) Friday 6 March 2015.

Read the media release from the NHMRC


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