Regulations for Organ Donation and Transplantation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

1. Only authorized specialized physicians can perform organ transplantation from the living or deceased human donors to a human recipient with intention for cure and rescue according to the regulations included in this document.

2. Any rightful person can donate or place a directive for donation of one of his body organs to rescue or treat a patient with end-stage organ failure. A statement should be signed by the donor as a will for donation. Nevertheless, only those who attain 18 years of age can donate to their relatives.

3. Fully known medical investigations as advised by the specialist in the field should be performed before approving the organ donation from living donors. Full discussion of the risks and possible outcomes should be conducted with the donor before donation.

4. Donors have the right to withdraw their consent for donation any time before the operation without penalties. No donor can claim his organ after transplantation is completed .

5. It is prohibited for living donors to donate vital organs, donation of which could result in the death of the donor or complete disabling of vital functions.

6. Organ donation can be from the persons only after full documentation of death by a committee of specialized physicians and in the absence of a directive by the donor objecting to donation during his life.

7. Organ donations, as in item 6 , can be performed if brain stem death is documented by the available means of technology

8. Commercial transplantation is prohibited in any manner.

9. Transplantation is performed only in centers authorized by the Ministry of Health in the GCC Countries.

10. Penalties will be levied in case of any violation of the above regulations according to system of the medical practice, after intensive investigation by the SCOT and the concerned authorities.