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Human Remains


The listing of humans, the human body, any human body parts or human remains are not permitted on eBay. However, items that contain human hair (such as lockets) as well as skulls and skeletons that are used for medical purposes may be listed on eBay.

Please note that the following activities are prohibited on eBay:

  • The trading of human corpses or remains,

  • The trading in organs and blood, and

  • The commercial trading in human eggs, embryos, etc which can be used for the purposes of certain reproductive technologies.

[Note : Please note that there are no specific laws in Malaysia that prohibit the trading of the human corpses or remains, organs and blood etc.. However, eBay may as a matter of policy prohibit such activities. The Human Tissues Act 1974 allows the removal of tissues from cadavers under certain circumstances but does not ban the sale or purchase of organs. The Act also remains silent in relation to the removal of organs from live donors. The Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (importation and exportation of human remains, human tissues and pathogenic organisms and substances) Regulations 2006 stipulate that approval is required in order to import or export of human remains and tissues but also remains silent in relation to the trading.

Violations of this policy may result in a range of actions, including:

  • Listing cancellation

  • Loss of eBay fees

  • Limits placed on account privileges

  • Loss of PowerSeller status

  • Account suspension

Examples of prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

  • organs (kidney, liver, heart, cornea)

  • bone

  • blood

  • waste

  • sperm

  • eggs

  • human corpses

Sellers may not include such items as a gift, prize, or giveaway in connection with an item listed on eBay.

The sale of certain products derived from any organ or blood which has been subjected to processing or treatment is permitted though under the Human Organ Transplant (Specified Products) Notification. Examples include:

  • human blood products and plasma fractions

  • human hormones

  • vaccines and toxoids

  • diagnostic agents derived from human blood

  • Under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, it is an offence to import or export out of Malaysia any corpse, human remains, human tissues or part thereof, or any pathogenic organism or substance except in accordance with the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (importation and exportation of human remains, human tissues and pathogenic organisms and substances) Regulations 2006.

eBay urges its sellers and buyers to comply with all governmental regulations and laws. Since the sale of humans and human remains are prohibited by law, sellers may not list them on eBay.

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