This summary paper sets out the recommendations made by the UK Donation Ethics Committee for ethical practice in controlled donation after circulatory death. A full discussion of the ethical considerations and background to the recommendations is in the full Ethical Framework.
This paper, developed by the UK Donation Ethics Committee, discusses the key ethical issues that arise in considering controlled donation after circulatory death.
This revised Code builds upon the earlier Code published in 1998 and updates a number of important aspects. It provides clear, scientifically rigorous criteria for confirming death, both in clinical settings where confirmation of death by brain-stem testing is appropriate, and where confirmation of death following cardiac arrest is required.