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The untimely death of the UK Donation Ethics Committee
  1. David Shaw1,2
  1. 1Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  2. 2Department of Health, Ethics and Society, CAPHRI Research Institute, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Shaw, Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel, Bernoulistrassse 28, 4056 Basel, Switzerland;{at}


This brief report describes the contribution of the UK Donation Ethics Committee to organ donation and transplantation in the UK, and explains why the committee has met an early demise.

  • Donation/Procurement of Organs/Tissues
  • Vital organ donation
  • Ethics Committees/Consultation

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  • Competing interests The author was a member of UKDEC for two years.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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