On May 2, 2007, China officially banned the sale of human organs, following a decision by the State Council. The ban provides penalties for parties participating in such sales including the revocation of medical licenses, suspension of organ transplants at hospitals, and the dismissal of government officials. The ban followed claims by international human rights groups that China routinely harvests organs without the consent of donors' families. These allegations were denied by the Chinese Supreme Court, who pointed to stringent legal requirements of informed consent in organ transplants.
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