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Istanbul Civilization University Head Of Medical Law Research Unit, “Legal problems arising from organ and Tissue Transplantation” at the Martin Luther University in Germany, the Turkish-German Medical Law Symposium was held.

Assist on the first day of the meeting. Assoc. Dr. gave information about the Turkish law on Organ and Tissue Transplantation. The law requires that tissues that do not make changes to the corpse, such as the cornea (md.14/2) and in accidents or natural disasters, again under certain conditions organs and tissues (md.14/4) its provisions, which allowed it to be taken without consent, attracted a lot of interest from German jurists, and detailed discussions were held on the issue.

Prof. Dr. provided information on the organ distribution under the German law. Germany is a member of the “Eurotransplant” with Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia and Croatia and a total population of 125 million people are acting jointly on organ distribution. She also described an incident involving a Turkish family. Her husband dies while the mother waits for organs, and relatives want to donate the husband’s organs only on the condition that they are donated to their mother. But such a conditional donation is not accepted, as it does not comply with the rules of equality and distribution. Also, in the UK, the age factor is also based on distribution. She stressed that no organs are donated to the elderly over the age of 65 in the country in question. Even if there are people waiting on the list for a long time, it is also possible in Germany that a person in an emergency can get ahead of the list.

The third speaker was Spain. “The Appeal Model, The Spanish Success Model.”Spain is the country with the highest organ donation in Europe. 3 organs are donated per 1 million in Turkey; Spain is ten times our size: 34.3. In fact, as a reason for this, it can be considered that the appeal model has been accepted, and not consent, as in US. According to this model, anyone who has not objected to organ donation can be transplanted. However, said that despite the clear provision in the law in Spain, there was never a non-consensual transplant in practice, and this success was the success of organ transplant coordinators.

Prof. Dr. discussed the appeal model. According to a study, 80% of Germans approach organ transplantation positively, while only 17% have an organ donation card. Prof. explained that the model called the” information model ” (Sweden) should be discussed, in this model, the family is informed of the situation, instead of the explicit consent of the family, it is considered sufficient for organ transplantation to not object for a certain period of time.

Professor From Koc University Dr, a current problem in practice in Turkey, “first autopsy or transplant?”the priority should be organ transplantation,” he said, ” because human life precedes autopsy. In the meantime, we have learned that a similar problem is happening in Germany and that doctors are trying to solve the problem by contacting the prosecutor by phone. A German forensic scientist who was at the meeting said that an investigation had been launched against him for this reason, but in the end a non-follow-up decision was made.

Professor At The Faculty Of Law Of The University Of Munich Dr. focused on the issue of transplantation from living beings as a solution to the lack of organs. Dr. suggested that by creating a pool, donors should be given priority if they need it. A professor who also criticized the kinship requirement in the German Organ Transplant Law and stated that even giving gifts to the organ donor as an expression of gratitude (satisfaction) can be considered organ trading. Meanwhile, in Singapore, we learned that organ trade is free, and in Iran, it is done by the state.

My position was criminal responsibility for organ and tissue transplantation according to Turkish law. The questions I was asked Were whether there was indeed an organ mafia in Turkey, in the face of the severe punishment of the entire criminal code for organ trafficking, which took place within the framework of the organization. I stated that there are many ads on the internet, as well as many of his tools have posted ads, some of which may be mafia.

On the second day, the Martin Luther University, Business Administration Department, Prof. Dr. gave a good presentation on how to make use of mathematics to make the most of organ distribution.

Dr. From Akdeniz University also explained in detail what principles organ distribution is done in Turkey.

Prof. Dr., how to punish irregularities in organ distribution; Dr. said that under the German law, organ distribution can be done to foreigners.

As a result, the symposium was very useful for both the Turkish and the German sides. Both sides have learned as much from each other as in previous Symposium.

Next the Turkish German Medical Law Symposium will be held in Diyarbakir and its subject will be “vertical and horizontal cooperation”.

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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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