The ‘Transplantation of Human Organs Bill, 2017’, was placed in Parliament on Wednesday with a provision of three years of rigorous imprisonment or Tk 10 lakh fine or both for violation of the law, aiming to check the illegal trade of human organs.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim placed the bill and it was sent to the respective parliamentary standing committee for further examination. The committee was asked to submit its report within 60 days.
According to the bill no hospital can conduct human organ transplantation in the country without government’s approval while the public hospitals having specialised units in this regard can do the job without taking prior approval.
Private hospitals have to apply to the authorities concerned to do the job within 60 days of enactment of the law.
As per the proposed law, there will be a medical board in every hospital for deciding the transplantation matter and a National Cadaveric Committee to oversee the human organs transplantation in the country.
Organ donation is the donation of biological tissue or an organ of the human body from a living or dead person to a living recipient who needs a transplantation.