Declaration of Istanbul

COLLABORATING for safer kidney transplants globally

Organ transplantation is the best and frequently the only life-saving treatment for end-stage organ failure. According to the WHO, almost 80,000 kidney transplants were performed globally in 2013. Although impressive, it is estimated that the activity represents less than 10% of the global need. This situation of acute organ shortage has come with its own set...

Delmonico appointed to Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Francis Delmonico, Senior Advisor to the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG), has been appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. ISN would like to congratulate him on this great achievement. Through the DICG, Delmonico has shown longstanding dedication in combating global organ trafficking, protecting its victims who are sourced for organs and helping exploited...

2016 DICG Board of Councilors and news updates

The Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group’s (DICG) Board of Councilors has come to its annual transition-point. A third group of Councilors have completed their second three-year term and new members have now joined for a new term. Find out more and also get a roundup of the group's latest activities. The Declaration of Istanbul Custodian...

Safer transplants for all

The last seven years have seen The Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) guide and help governments as well as medical and patient communities in response to illegal organ trafficking. Organ transplantation is one of the life-saving medical break- throughs of the 20th century. However, vulnerable people in poor regions have become victim of illegal...

DICG heads to kidney transplantation talks in Croatia

Representatives from the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) took part in meetings with representatives from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia as well as Serbia organized by at the Croatian Ministry of Health in Zagreb, Croatia from October 14 to 15, 2014. A Federal Center for Transplantation within the Ministry of Health in...

DICG meets Pope Francis

On September 19, 2014, representatives from the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) met with Pope Francis in the Vatican City. This private audience was arranged by the Mayor of Rome to derive support for the principles of the Declaration of Istanbul (DOI). DICG has been invited to submit a reference document that Pope Francis will use in...

DOI principles on ethical organ donation continue to be upheld by DICG

As a collaborative effort between ISN and The Transplant Society (TTS), the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) has been active in many arenas since the Declaration of Istanbul was first promulgated. DICG was established in 2008 to promote the Principles and Proposals of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism (DOI)....

IHTEF to link the Haberal Legacy in Transplantation to the Declaration of Istanbul

We are pleased to announce that The International Haberal Transplantation and Education Foundation (IHTEF) is to support the work of the Declaration of Istanbul through the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG). Pictured here on July 20, 2013, Professor Mehmet Haberal (center) is the Founder of IHTEF. Feyyaz Artukoglu will be a key representative of the Foundation and...

Celebrating 5 years of the Declaration of Istanbul and the Doha Donation Accord

From April 12 to 14, 2013, I was in Doha, Qatar, taking part in a meeting of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Declaration of Istanbul (DOI), and the Doha Donation Accord. I co-chaired this meeting with Jeremy Chapman, representing the ISN and The Transplant Society respectively. I was happy to see a...

Celebrating 5 years of the Declaration of Istanbul and the Doha Donation Accord

From April 12 to 14, 2013, I was in Doha, Qatar, taking part in a meeting of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Declaration of Istanbul (DOI), and the Doha Donation Accord. I co-chaired this meeting with Jeremy Chapman, representing the ISN and The Transplant Society respectively. I was happy to see a...