New guidelines in Delhi to make organ donation easier

While key amendments, including swap transplants and inclusion of grandparents and grandchildren as 'near relatives' had already been implemented in the state, adoption of the central Act will help in several areas.

Making an organ donation is set to get easier, with the Delhi government submitting fresh guidelines in the high court, detailing the procedure to be followed for the donation of a dead body for medical education and research purposes. 

All government-run medical institutions will have to maintain a record where any person can register for whole-body donation after death according to the new norms. In case, a close relative wants to donate, an application has to be filed to the head of the department of Anatomy of the concerned medical institution 

The guidelines were filed before a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath which posted the case for further hearing on October 7.

Framed by the health and family welfare department, says, "near relative could be either of the parents, grandparents, spouse, son, daughter or grandchild who would have to give the application (for cadaver donation) to the medical institution." 

On April 30, last year, the court had asked the Centre, Delhi government and others to frame guidelines after taking note of a letter highlighting procedural delaysdue to which the body of a woman donor could not be utilized by the Organ Retrieval and Banking Organisation (ORBO) of the AIIMS.