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J Korean Soc Transplant. 2017 Jun;31(2):68-74. Korean.
Published online June 30, 2017.
Copyright © the Korean Society for Transplantation, 2017
Legislative Issues Regarding Transplant Act
Hwi Won Kim, Ph.D.,1 and Hyeon cheol KIM, Ph.D.2
1Department of Social Studies Education, College of Education, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.
2School of Law, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.

Corresponding author: Hyeon cheol KIM. School of Law, Ewha Womans University, 52, Ewhayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 03760, Korea. Tel: 82-2-3277-4481, Fax: 82-2-3277-2848, Email:
Received June 16, 2017; Accepted June 20, 2017.


The Korean Transplant Act has been revised five times since 1999, and each revision has resulted in a slight donation rate increased; however, the organ shortage had not been solved. As a result, further revision of the Transplant Act is needed. The current focuses solely on efficiency for transplantation. Therefore, this study suggests a paradigm shift in the revision of the act through the virtuous cycle for activating donation; namely, from an efficiency-based transplant system to a donor-centered transplant system.

Keywords: Organ and tissue; Donation; Transplantation; Procurement; Government regulation; Revision of the Transplant Act; Donor-centered system; Efficiency-based system; Virtuous cycle for activating donation


Fig. 1
Procurement process flow chart. Reprinted from Fig. 2-8-5 of reference [2].
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Fig. 2
Organ donation rate following brain death. Reprinted from Fig. 2-2-2 of reference [4].
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Fig. 3
Virtuous cycle for activating donation. Adapted from reference [8].
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Table 1
History of the transplant act in Korea
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Table 2
Notifications on potential brain death donors
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