Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

 

Hanoi (VNA) – The Prime Minister has issued Decree No 118/2016/ND-CP to adjust or supplement some articles of Decree No 56/2008/ND-CP on the organisation and operation of tissue banks and the National Coordination Centre for Human Organ Transplantation.

Accordingly, from July 1, 2017, a tissue bank can only operate after being granted a licence by the Ministry of Health and it should meet conditions as stipulated in the decree.

Necessary conditions for ensuring the operation of the tissue bank, including projected personnel, payroll, operating fund, working office, professional equipment and facilities and other necessary equipment of the tissue bank are also stated in the decree.

Tissue banks have the legal status, functions, tasks and personnel as regulated in Article 35 of the Law on Donation, Removal and Transplantation of Human Tissues and Organs and Donation and Recovery of Cadavers.

Existing tissue banks which were granted operating licences under Decree No 56/2008/ND-CP dated April 29, 2008 will have their operations extended until the end of next June.-VNA