With the financial support of the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme
European Commission - Directorate General Home Affairs

Transplant Tourism

Little is known about patients who travel abroad for transplantation. It is often claimed that they purchase organs illegally. However, the limited amount of information that is available about this phenomenon makes it difficult to draw firm conclusions about its scale, nature and potential illegality.


In this study we interviewed 22 patients who traveled abroad for paid kidney transplantations. Interviews were conducted in Macedonia, Sweden and The Netherlands. Questions focused not only on facts and experiences, but also on patients' motivations. The results were presented on 21 November 2014 at the symposium and you can find it in our report.


In The Netherlands we circulated an anonymous survey to over 500 transplant professionals. The aim was to describe professionals' experiences, attitudes, behavior, conflicts of duties and need for guidelines regarding patients who purchase kidneys in and/or outside The Netherlands. This results were presented by Erasmus MC's press release on 21st October. You can find the press release under media. The results are now being prepared for scientific publication.

To read more about transplant tourism, click here.

International Symposium

21 November 2014

Europol, The Hague,The Netherlands

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