Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group

The Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) Executive and Council members met in Mexico in April to review their current and projected activities in the quest to combat organ trafficking. A key activity at present involves preparations for the 10th Anniversary of the Declaration of Istanbul, which will be celebrated during the 27th International Congress of The Transplantation Society taking place in Madrid in 2018.

The DICG has convened four working groups to review and update the Declaration in anticipation of this anniversary, to ensure it continues to provide effective guidance for professionals and policy makers addressing new, emerging and persisting challenges in organ trafficking and ‘transplant tourism’. A meeting of the working groups will take place on the 9-10th September 2016 in Geneva following the ISODP conference, to produce a document discussing proposed updates. This document will be used in a targeted public consultation planned for October-December 2017, during which it will be disseminated to DICG members, organizations which have endorsed the Declaration, and other stakeholders, for their review and feedback.

In other news, Dr. Beatriz Dominguez-Gil has recently stepped down as Co-Chair of the DICG in order to assume her new position as Director of the Spanish National Transplant Organization (ONT). She will continue to contribute to the DICG as a member of the Executive Committee. Dr. Dominique Martin, another longstanding DICG member has now joined Dr. Elmi Muller as DICG Co-Chair. TTS members can learn more about the work of the DICG by visiting the website, or by contacting a member of the DICG Council based in their region. You can find the list of current councilors on the website, or contact the DICG via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. To keep track of news relating to organ trafficking and transplant tourism, please follow the Facebook page or Twitter account.