10th Anniversary of The Declaration of Istanbul

The Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of The Declaration of Istanbul this year. To mark this special event a working group has prepared an update of the Declaration. The revisions made in this 2018 Edition are intended to ensure that the Declaration of Istanbul remains a valuable source of ethical guidance for health professionals and policy makers for the next decade in the face of persisting and emerging challenges in organ trafficking and transplant tourism around the world. During March and April we conducted a global public consultation and asked for feedback on the draft 2018 Edition. We’ve received comprehensive feedback from our DICG members, members of organisations that have endorsed the Declaration of Istanbul, and members of the broader transplant community.

As part of the celebrations, the DICG is holding a one day workshop during of the Pre-Congress program at the International Congress of The Transplantation Society. The workshop takes place on July 1, comprised of a half-day morning program addressing common ethical and clinical dilemmas in the management of organ donation and transplantation cases that may involve organ trafficking; and, a half-day afternoon program exploring the Declaration of Istanbul (2018 Edition) and the results of the public consultation. The event features several DICG members as speakers, and we hope to see many more transplant professionals among the workshop participants.