Published On : Fri, Dec 18th, 2015

State Govt accepts amended Human Organ Transplant Act, 2011

The Maharashtra’s Organ Transplant Act will now be called Organ and Tissues Act.

Nagpur: In a major decision, the Maharashtra Government has accepted the amendments made in the Central Government’s Human Organ Transplant Act, 2011, announced the Medical Education Minister Vinod Tawde in Assembly on Day-5 of Winter Session. Tawde further said that Central Government had passed the Human Organ Transplant Act in 1994. The State Government too started to implement and follow this 1994 Act toto. However, after experiencing certain shortcomings, the Central Government included some amendments and passed the amended Act in 2011, informed Tawde. Later, Tawde moved the amended Act in toto with a resolution to include some provisions in the Act in future. The resolution was passed by majority in the House.

The State’s Organ Transplant Act will now be called Organ and Tissues Act. Among the changes in the new Organ and Tissue Act, paternal and maternal grandparents and grandchildren have been included in near relatives,” said Tawde. The Act now allows swap transplant in the state. “Although swap transplants were being conducted in the State, it was done because the Central Act allowed it for the benefit of the patient. Necessary permissions were taken for the same. It will now be done officially,” said Tawde.

An unrelated donor could donate his or her kidney to a recipient whose family member would in return donate one kidney to another patient, according to the Central Act. “This method is successful for those whose blood group does not match within the family and require kidney donation from a stranger,” said the Medical Education Minister.