The Mission of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) is to promote, implement and uphold the Declaration of Istanbul so as to combat organ trafficking, transplant tourism and transplant commercialism and to encourage adoption of effective and ethical transplantation practices around the world.

Brief Overview

Nancy Ascher gives a quick overview of the Declaration of Istanbul and the subjects covered in the course.

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About the Course

  • The course was designed to allow participants to learn at their own pace and time during each module of the course.
  • The Modules are all available at this time. Periodically, there will be updates and additions to the content
  • The course is open to all participants who want to learn about ethics in transplantation, the DOI and the DICG
  • We will guide you through all the important aspects of the declaration
  • Upon completion all participants will be eligible for a certificate

Learn about the Declaration of Istanbul (DOI)

  • History
  • Understanding the principles and recommendations
  • Practical Implications
  • Regional Implications


History of the DOI

Gabriel M. Danovich, MD
UCLA School of Medicine
Los Angeles, USA

2018 Edition of the DOI

Alexander Capron
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, USA

Ethical Issues related to the DOI

Kristof Van Asche
University of Antwerp
Antwerpen, Belgium

Ethical Issues related to the DOI

Maryn Reyneke
KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium

Regional Updates


Elmi Muller
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa

Asia (South)

Sanjay Nagral
Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre
Mumbai, India


Beatriz Dominguez-Gil
Organización Nacional de Trasplantes
Madrid, Spain

Latin America

Maria Amalia Matamoros
Hospital Mexico
San Jose, Costa Rica

North America

John Gill
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada


Toby Coates
University of Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia

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