"I don't realistically see that we can ask the federal government to regulate this ? [or] that it will do anything but create loopholes and profiteers and solidify the role of corporate profit makers working in the shades and shadows of the current system," Olson said.
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education is an organization that pairs surgeons with health companies for training in newly developed technologies, Olson said. But the organization does not demand that body parts used in its courses and provided by corporations be properly obtained and tracked.
In 2007, the head of UCLA medical school's willed bodies program was arrested for selling cadavers donated to the school to a company that provided bodies to more than 20 private, medical, pharmaceutical and hospital research companies including Johnson & Johnson.
A 2008 investigation into the Bodies exhibit, a travelling museum show featuring preserved cadavers in artful poses, revealed it was stocked with the illegally obtained corpses of Chinese prisoners.