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Russia says it will draft an organ transplantation bill by 2014.

Russia's Healthcare Ministry announced it plans to draft an organ transplantation bill by 2014 and submit it to the government. The ministry's bill on organ transplants will set up a data base of Russian nationals who wish to donate their organs after their death. The bill will also allow posthumous child donors as well.

The current law "On the Transplantation of Organs and Tissues" was adopted in 1992. It states that if medical employees have no knowledge of his or her willingness to donate at the time of an individual's death, he or she is automatically considered to be a donor with relative's permission. The provision will remain part of the new law.

Deputy Healthcare Minister Sergei Velmyaykin said earlier that the bill would introduce the presumption of a person's agreement to be an organ donor if he or she had not directly expressed their wishes otherwise.
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