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  1. Organ transplantation and European Community law : the case of non-residents.

    Article - En anglais


    The role of the European Union in influencing health care policies in member states is of increasing importance.

    The Eurotransplant Foundation is an organization which provides donor organs to the most suitable transplant recipients.

    It covers a region of five countries (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands).

    As there is a severe shortage of donor organs within its region, registration of so-called non-resident patients on the waiting lists aggravates this shortage.

    Could European Community law, especially rules on competition, limit Eurotransplant's freedom to introduce a restrictive policy on non-residents ?

    If so, could participating transplant centres or patients initiate legal action against Eurotransplant to stop the execution of such a policy ?


    Quantitative descriptive data on organ donation and use by the Eurotransplant Foundation during 1994 and 1995, by residents and non-residents.

    Analysis on basis of economic and legal framework.


    Solidarity between potential donors and potential recipients is organized in a different manner in an organization such as Eurotransplant as compared to a national organization under nationl law.

    National regulations may introduce a restrictive policy for the acceptance of non-resident patients.

    Eurotransplant - as a matter of its own policy - has to consider international solidarity. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Chirurgie, Intervention, Traitement, Autriche, Europe, Monde, Allemagne, Belgique, Bénélux, Luxembourg, Pays bas, Ethique, Protection sociale, Organe, Transplantation, Europe Ouest, Aspect politique, Géographie, Accessibilité, Soin

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Surgery, Operation, Treatment, Austria, Europe, World, Germany, Belgium, Benelux, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Ethics, Welfare aids, Organ, Transplantation, Western Europe, Political aspect, Geography, Accessibility, Care

    Notice produite par :
    ORS Auvergne - Observatoire Régional de la Santé d'Auvergne

    Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 21/07/1998.