UK Law: Organ Donation

UK Law: Organ Donation

Did you know the organ donation law in England has changed?

  • The Organ Donation Act will mean adults in England will be considered potential donors unless they chose to opt out or are excluded.
  • The new law will help to reduce the number of people waiting for a life-saving transplant.
  • There are more than 6,000 people currently waiting for an organ in the UK. [i]
  • Three people die each day while on the waiting list.i

Why has the law changed?

The law changed on 20th May 2020, meaning all adults in England will now be considered potential donors unless they fall into the excluded category or chose to opt-out of being an organ donor. Last year 80% of people in England claimed to support organ donation, yet only 38% had registered their wishes to the register. Prior to this law change, families were left with difficult decisions when loved ones die due to being unsure of their wishes.

The decision is still yours

If you don’t want to donate, for whatever reason – then you can quickly and easily record you decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register, either through the ‘Profile’ page in myGP or online on the NHS Organ Donor Register. Once you have made your choice, and you feel comfortable to, tell your friends and family.

If you would like to speak to somebody about your choices, please call the dedicated helpline: 0300 303 2094

Faith and organ donation

The NHS is committed to working with all faith groups in the UK around the subject of organ donation. Want more information around organ donation and your beliefs? Follow this handy guide by the NHS Blood and Transplant team.

Remember you still have a choice, a choice that will be respected.

Together this new law will help to save the lives of hundreds of people each year.


[i] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/opt-out-organ-donation-max-and-keira-s-bill-passed-into-law

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