-->

Conduct of French body donation centre under investigation

Organisation: Position: Deadline Date: Location:

A human body donation centre at a university in Paris has temporarily closed while a government investigation into its conduct is carried out, reports BBC News. Thousands of bodies were left to decay in unsanitary conditions at The Centre for Body Donations at Paris-Descartes University, reports say. Some bodies and body parts were reportedly sold to private companies, it is alleged.

According to BBC, the revelations were first reported by French newspaper L’Express. An investigation by the paper said dozens of bodies were stored “nude, decomposing, piled up on gurneys, with their eyes wide open”. The paper described the centre as “a mass grave in the heart of Paris”.

The report says the university has acknowledged the investigation and apologised to the families of body donors. “Paris-Descartes University wishes to apologise to families about this situation,” it said. “The university wishes to clarify and reaffirms its full commitment to the dignity of donors and their families.”

The French Union for Free Medicine (UFML) said it would file a complaint. The president of the union, Jerome Marty, told franceinfo the case bought the medical profession into disrepute.

Paris-Descartes University said the facility would remain closed until France’s Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has conducted an inspection. The investigation would “establish the reality of the facts”, the university said.

BBC News report

Receive Medical Brief's free weekly e-newsletter



Related Posts

Thank you for subscribing to MedicalBrief


MedicalBrief is Africa’s premier medical news and research weekly newsletter. MedicalBrief is published every Thursday and delivered free of charge by email to over 33 000 health professionals.

Please consider completing the form below. The information you supply is optional and will only be used to compile a demographic profile of our subscribers. Your personal details will never be shared with a third party.


Thank you for taking the time to complete the form.