Stage 1 scrutiny by the Health and Sport Committee
This page covers consideration of the Bill at Stage 1 only. The Bill and accompanying documents, together with supporting information can be read on the Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc.) (Scotland) Bill webpage.
The stated policy objective of the Bill is to amend the law on the removal of parts of the human body for transplantation by providing for decisions to be made on behalf of a deceased adult by a proxy and by authorising removal and use in certain cases where the deceased adult has not recorded an objection.
The Committee published its Stage 1 report on Friday 29 January 2016.
On 8 February, the Minister for Public Health responded.
The Bill fell on 9 February 2016.
The Committee launched a call for written views.
The Committee carried out an online survey on the Bill. You can read a summary of results here:
On 4 November, the Committee held an informal meeting with transplant recipients.
On 11 November, the Committee held an informal meeting with organ donor families.
On 12 November, the Committee held an informal meeting with faith and belief groups.
On 13 November, SPICe published a briefing on the Bill.
On 1 December the Committee received a letter from the member in charge:
On 15 December the Committee received a letter from the member in charge:
On 16 December the Committee received a letter from the Minister for Public Health:
On 16 November, the Committee visited Madrid on a fact-finding visit and met with Dr Rafael Matesanz, Director of the Organizacion Nacional de Trasplantes (ONT) and with Dr Andres Belmonte (Transplant Co-ordinator) and Dr Natalia Polanco of the Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre.