42 U.S.C. § 274e : US Code - Section 274E: Prohibition of organ purchases
Search 42 U.S.C. § 274e : US Code - Section 274E: Prohibition of organ purchases
It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire,
receive, or otherwise transfer any human organ for valuable
consideration for use in human transplantation if the transfer
affects interstate commerce.
Any person who violates subsection (a) of this section shall be
fined not more than $50,000 or imprisoned not more than five years,
For purposes of subsection (a) of this section:
(1) The term "human organ" means the human (including fetal)
kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas, bone marrow, cornea, eye,
bone, and skin or any subpart thereof and any other human organ
(or any subpart thereof, including that derived from a fetus)
specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services by
(2) The term "valuable consideration" does not include the
reasonable payments associated with the removal, transportation,
implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, and
storage of a human organ or the expenses of travel, housing, and
lost wages incurred by the donor of a human organ in connection
with the donation of the organ.
(3) The term "interstate commerce" has the meaning prescribed
for it by section 321(b) of title 21.
Reimbursement of travel and subsistence expenses incurred toward living organ donation