Sydney University is reviewing the honours given to a former Chinese health minister after reports that he presided over the removal of organs from executed prisoners without their consent.

Huang Jiefu, currently an honorary professor at the university and the former vice-minister of health in China, was involved in removing organs of executed prisoners without permission, ABC television's 7.30 reports.

The university's vice-chancellor Dr Michael Spence said a staff member had written to him this month, proposing that the university should consider revoking his honorary professorship.

"I have asked Sydney Medical School, which was responsible for Huang's appointment, to investigate carefully these submissions, and to recommend what action the university should take," Dr Spence said in a statement issued to university staff.

"On the basis of those recommendations, I will respond to the staff member in due course.

"In short, Sydney Medical School condemns the retrieval of executed prisoners' organs for transplantation in China.

"However, it supports Huang's work to reform China's organ transplant system, which has been recognised internationally."