Saudi Arabia

Saudi cabinet approves organ donation law

Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday approved the organ donation law during a virtual meeting chaired by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, local media reported.

The law allows for the transfer, transplant, preservation, and development of organs to preserve human life, protect the rights of those from or to whom human organs are transferred. It also defines the responsibilities of licensed health facilities concerning organ donation and transplantation. It prevents exploitation of the need of the patient or donor or trafficking in human organs.

According to the law, it is not permissible to reveal any information about the donor’s body, whether alive or dead, except in legally determined cases or if a judicial authority issues an order to do so.
Violations of this provision will result in a fine of up to SR 500,000.

The Shoura Council has approved the draft law in September 2019. Twenty-two years ago, the Council of Senior Scholars and the Council of Islamic Jurisprudence issued a fatwa authorizing the donation of organs of the deceased.