– Allan Marriott-Smith, Human Tissue Authority
We are not yet clear how it will operate here and the legal implications, and we have not had a conversation with the charity about these issues. Once we have more information, we can advise members of the public considering the possibility of arranging a donation through this route... We have seen an increase in the use of social networking websites which can put potential donors in contact with people who need an organ transplant. We are constantly reviewing our approach to keep pace with such developments, to make sure they meet the legal requirements.
A controversial US website is launching in Britain that allows kidney donors to decide who gets their organs. It also includes patients pleading directly for a donor. The site's creators hope it will persuade more people to donate.