Human Organs Inquiry

Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 March 2021

The NIHRC welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Human
Organs Inquiry. Our submission is brief as there are few international
human rights standards touching upon the area of the retention of
human organs and tissue. The work of the international community
has focused rather on the development of standards governing organ
transplantation and safeguards in research and experimentation.
Given the obvious parallels around issues such as consent we have
brought some of these standards to your attention where the language
appears to be helpful.

In our view, this is to a large extent an area of medical ethics and

good practice rather than one of fundamental human rights.